The title of this thread is inspired by title of the first chapter in a book Magic Profran recommended in another thread.
But, based on the principle that power corrupts, I trust the government even less. Think about how often government officials are at risk at loosing their jobs vs. an execute. Think about how often we hear about corrupt politicians vs. corrupt business leaders, and compare that to the number of them that are actually there.
Additionally, money only gives purchasing power. Another type of power is positional power. I believe it is this type of power, in both business leadership and in government that is far more corruption laden. I like the way markets work in that there are only a little bit of total positional power, and it is spread out.
Consider this: Say Bob is willing and able to pay $1-Million Dollars to have something done. However, Bob has neither the will nor the ability to make sure he get what he pays for. His supposed purchasing power is useless.
A similar scenario exists for positional power.
The only real power is the ability convince other people to do something. Positional and purchasing power are only two ways to do this, and quite frankly, rather weak ways. Other means include intimidation, sexuality, rhetorical skills, moral authority, quid-pro-quo, and so on.
I have thoughts on how each source of power (each way of convincing someone) corrupts people. I think each one has its own form of corruption, and that could be an interesting discussion in itself.
1) What are the sources of power (that is in the ability to convince othe people to do things)?
2) How could those sources lead to corruption?