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On the Fundamental Inconvenience of Democracy

From the perspective of a leader, somebody who wants to hold onto power, it’s the worst form of government because it puts you at the greatest risk of losing power. 

Power Corrupts, Corruption Empowers

There is an interesting interplay between power corrupting and corruption empowering.  The causality does not go one way. 

Why It's So Hard to Read a Leader's Intentions

We really can’t tell the difference between people who might seek power for some greater good and people who seek power just to aggrandize themselves. 

Altruism Gets You Killed

There are people who throw themselves on a live hand grenade to save their buddies and these folks don’t rise to power.