Lord Acton and the Gang of Four

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As this is written, the Justices of the Brazilian Supreme Court (“STF”), in the final stages of judging the “mensalão” cases, have imposed jail sentences on any number of the Gang of 37. Tonight, the Curmudgeon does not rejoice, because this is one more proof of Lord Acton’s most famous dictum: “Power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Lord Acton, a/k/a John Emerich Edward Dalberg . . .

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