As a biologist I’ve known for quite a while that we are opportunistic apes.
Not enough research has been done to argue that people in power are more likely to be corrupt, but it’s clear that they do have more opportunities to engage in corruption. They have the opportunity to allow power to create more benefit for themselves or their environment. We cannot argue that politicians are worse than the average citizen but we are making them into opportunistic thieves.
We tend to forgive people if we are benefiting from corruption. We allow people to steal if they’re willing to share the loot.
It’s difficult for us to draw the line between good and evil and norms and values are concepts that can be broadly interpreted. That’s also the reason that those who are being accused of corruption and abuse of power always believe in their own innocence.
Because who is determining what is good or what is evil? According to Machiavelli the answer is: those who are in power…
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