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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2934 (Published 09 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2934

Power tends to corrupt (Lord Acton)

Despite abundant examples of how money and power often lead to corruption,
we continue to be surprised each time another example is uncovered. Why are
we so surprised? Perhaps we unrealistically elevate powerful people as
exemplars of morality who can function as perfect leaders. Let’s resist this
temptation and recognize that powerful people are often driven by ambition,
greed, and hubris, and must be viewed with a measure of skepticism and
cynicism. And let’s demand that powerful people provide the public with real
evidence of transparency and accountability.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 December 2008
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA