Political Power: A Force for Evil, A Force for Good

THE QUESTION was asked: “Since evil people seek and abuse political power, why should political power even exist?” You might as validly ask why universities and research institutes should exist. Since mankind, in general, is composed of persons who are insufficiently intelligent to hold positions as scientists or as teachers of science, does it follow that all universities or research institutes must be staffed and run by stupid people? No. It does not. Why not? Because the qualifications of persons who apply for those positions are checked by other persons who can pass the same admissions tests with room to spare.

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