March 13, 2005
What a peevish fool was that of Crete/That taught his son the office of a fowl!
Cheminformatician Peter Murray-Rust directly quotes Edward Tufte's Wired essay from September 2003 when he starts one of his presentations with the warning that Power Corrupts; Powerpoint corrupts absolutely.
Tufte himself is of course paraphrasing - who? Marx? "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely". But no - to my surprise it turns out to be historian Lord Acton (1834-1902). The full quotation is rather wise and is relevant today:
"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Posted by daen at March 13, 2005 03:58 AM