"The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good."
Baltasar Gracian
(1601-1658) Spanish philosopher and writer
The Art of Worldly Wisdom, 1647
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Too general to be a rule but, I guess if "good" is defined in a political setting as administering a de jure ordering of rights and justice - within a very limited representative republican form of government, then, it is much more accurate than not.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    And the primary danger of power is that you can do more evil. Power, like a weapon or tool, is neither good nor bad. The intent of the one who wields the power governs the result.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Having read the book as a young man, it is the subtilty, deceiving your fellow man and the dupe of socialism through ambassadorship. Old world tactics and the shedding of much blood. The Spanish inquisition comes to mind. Tactics of passive overthrow.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    I can count those who fall into this category on one hand... and I still have a few fingers left over....
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA     
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    Francis Bacon said "knowledge is power." Speaking of power of knowledge I would like to write to my detractors on the subject of racism. Racism is so intricate, so woven into the fabric of our present social arrangement, so broad, and so complicated that for you to say your not a racist would put in the same category of the greatest intellectuals of our species history. In my observations to say you are not a racist is make Einstein appear an intellectual dwarf. I am not a racist.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    My observations say if you say you are not a racist you are qualified for  full professorship at any University in the world with tenyor.  You will be able to write volumes on the subject. You could fill whole library on the subject. It's that broad. It's a lot more then saying, "no I'm not" when the question is ask. 
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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