Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Power, Corruption And Truth: My Participation In Friend Tarantino's Facebook Thread

It is an enduring problem that "honest people" do not remain honest people when they rise to positions of power.  At least not very of...
Jim Tarantino: Kudos to Alan for reminding us of the corruptive aspects of power. However, there was a missed opportunity to explore the famous dictum. Alan simply rehashes the dictum and links to a discussion of its origins, then posts meme and images implicating the political adversaries with whom he disagrees.

There is no new territory covered here. Perhaps he could have explored:
* in what cases did bad people become good leaders (if ever)?
* what are the system drivers that lead to the corruption of good people?
* is this dictum a natural and inevitable phenomenon or is it self-fulfilling prophecy? That is, does it happen because we allow it to happen?
* are there any scenarios or conditions where this dictum doesn't hold?
* does this dictum apply to his adversaries as well as his allies?
* what game theory or social psychology studies provide verifiable evidence of the dictum?

Alan Archibald: Definitive proof is a vanishingly rare commodity. As Bill Maher said of "birthers" (foremost among them "The Liar In Chief"): "There's nothing anyone can do to convince these folks. You could hand them, in person, the original birth certificate and have a video of Obama emerging from the womb with Don Ho singing in the background ... and they still wouldn't believe it... This isn't a case of Democrats versus Republicans. It's sentient beings versus the lizard people." Rather than distract ourselves with endless pursuit of definitive proof, it is advisable to take a good look at available evidence and then "judge" in accordance with the findings of our intellect, intuition and heart acting in concert.

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