Power and Politics

I was having dinner last night with some friends (and yes I do have friends). We were talking about what is going on with people in positions of power (both politics and industry). One of them quoted something of interest. “Empires are only 3 meals away from revolution.” (Source unknown) WOW! You think about the times in history when people have revolted and is history on the verge of repeating itself?

I must admit that what has sparked my sudden interest in this is two things — bailouts and a particular governor. Are people in power simply out of touch with reality? One of my favorite quotes comes from a letter written by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton (Lord Acton). In 1887 he wrote these words to Bishop Mandell Creighton: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” I guess my question is simply this; have “we the people” given away too much of our power to the wrong people and are we reaping the results of it? Or how do we get power back into the hands of the people to ensure absolute power does not prevail? I certainly hope it is possible because revolt although possible does not sound preferable.

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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2 Responses to Power and Politics

  1. Chris says:

    “They say that every society is only three meals away from revolution. Deprive a culture of food for three meals, and you’ll have an anarchy.”I don’t think we are near the point of revolts. Times are bad, but I honestly believe they would have to get much worse before people would take to the streets…

  2. 2Cents says:

    I agree with Chris – I think we’re a long way from open revolt. The democratic process is too deeply ingrained in our culture for us to riot in the streets, unlike many Middle Eastern or third world countries.I do think, though, that the next two years will be awfully revealing in terms of seeing just how bad things can get when our out-of-touch leaders have almost unchecked control over the government. I would not be one bit surprised to see a forceful expunging of many elected ‘leaders’ in the 2010 election. The question in my mind is just how extensive the damage will be between now and then, and if we can recover from it or not.

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