Modern ParallelsDo you see any modern parallels to political corruption?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Anybody willing to make some, ahem, current administration parallels? 

Btw, your "absolute power" quotation is from Lord Acton.  It has been used over and over.  Here's an interesting link to the history of the maxim, if you want to check it out:

And here's another from Spiro Agnew, Nixon's VP:  "The American people should be made aware of the trend toward monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the
concentration of more and more power over public opinion
in fewer and fewer hands."  

I am powerfully reminded here of Creon bellowing:  "And is Thebes to tell me how to rule?!"  (line 821)

(I always picture Creon "bellowing" don't you?)



malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What is the quote, "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."?  Anytime a people or society becomes fearful (or apathetic, or blinded by the rhetoric) of its leader(s), you're going to see situations crop up like Creon's power-play for the throne of Thebes.  Adolf Hitler comes to mind immediately!  His take-over of Germany and a large chunk of Europe started out simply as his desire to bring Germany out of the depression it had been in since the end of WWI (or so he said).  He told people what they wanted to hear, and they bought it...and those who didn't ignored it...until finally they were too afraid to stand up and tell him "No more!"

Frightening stuff!

malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Definitely a bellower, that one! :)

Truly it doesn't matter how good someone's intentions are when they come into a political office.  That is unfortunate, and it makes me feel like I've lost a bit of my own innocence regarding public figures.  But if someone gets to the point where they are only following through with their own agenda because, by God, they know they're right and that makes it okay, then there's something wrong.  That sounds dangerously close to dictatorship/monarchy/whatever...something that America is not supposed to be.

Sigh...makes me sad, but that's reality.

malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wait...let me clarify that last sentence...What makes me sad is NOT that America is a democracy, but rather, what political figures do in the name of democracy.  Hope that all made sense! :)

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