Sean Penn

Goldberg: Pruitt, Carson trapped by the trappings of power

Goldberg: Pruitt, Carson trapped by the trappings of power

It's not an iron law that power corrupts. But it's often a good way to bet.

The interesting question is: Why does power corrupt so many people? The way I see it, power — money, fame, celebrity, authority or some mix of them all — lowers the cost of indulging human nature.

This is one of the central reasons elites wreak such havoc by preaching "If it feels good, do it" libertinism. Rich people can afford their vices and indulgences in ways poor people cannot. An out-of-wedlock baby is just another cost center for a libidinous billionaire. Recreational drug use can certainly lead to ruinous addiction for a movie star, but the path to ruin for a supermarket cashier is...

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