Monday, January 3, 2011

Command and Morality

Nothing is more dangerous for man’s private morality than the habit of command. The best man, the most intelligent, disinterested, generous, pure, will infallibly and always be spoiled at this trade. Two sentiments inherent in power never fail to produce this demoralization; they are: contempt for the masses and the overestimation of one’s own merits.
Mikhail Bakunin (Power Corrupts the Best, 1867)

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