“I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King
unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If
there is any presumption it is the other way, against holders of power,
increasing as the power increases.
Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal
responsibility. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not
authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of
corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office
sanctifies the holder of it... For many
years my view of the Catholic controversy has been governed by the following
chain of reasoning:
1. A crime does not
become a good deed by being committed for the good of a church.
2. The theorist who
approves the act is no better than the culprit who commits it.
3. The divine or
historian who defends the theorist incurs the same blame... To commit murder is
the mark of a moment, exceptional. To defend it is constant, and shows a more
“There are no public, as distinct from private, objects worthy
to be purchased at the expense of souls.
Consequently the interest of individuals is above the exclusive interest
of the state. The power of the whole is not to be set in the balance for a
moment with the freedom—that is, the conscience of the subject and those who
act on the other principle are the worst of criminals.”
“It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be
oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses
which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the
absolute will of an entire people, there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge
but treason.” - Lord Acton [masked])
William E. 'Bill' Grisham CPA
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