“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”- Lord Acton. Acton’s quote portrays very well how power can corrupt people, and how absolute power can corrupt people. In the book Animal Farm, we can see that power corrupts. The change of the commandments was one of the primary changes in the Farm.
Their current dictator, Kim Jong Un, has become the 3rd generation leader for his country, and has led the country in a downward spiral of independence and self reliance. In North Korea, the term “Juche” means self reliance, becoming a major slogan in December of 1955. This means how the country can apply “Marxist-Leninist principles” to best benefit the country, or rather, their supreme leader while also describing how the people can contain the ability to control the rebuilding of the country. Orwell wrote using the term “doublethink” in a similar way to North Korea’s use of the word Juche. “His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink.
He wrote about ongoing topics in China metaphorically in his works. Since the government has control over everything, the residents receive the negative effects. Weiwei uses his works to show the government “won’t have tomorrow” (Weiwei 3). He claims that although the government may control its people now, they will gain control back in the future. He rebels his culture by going against the beliefs of the government.
He would even burn his own villages just to instill fear in the peasantries and to discourage criminals from stealing food shipments. After he took control he did massive purging of the followers and loyal officers of Lenin, and these purges involved more deaths and exiling. His death count was higher than Hitler’s and then all he ruined lives of those who were exiled or the families of the ones who died. Although some people can argue that Stalin did some good things, such as help the Allied forces defeat the Axis powers during WWII. When he helped the Allied forces, Hitler’s army was beginning to invade Russia and Stalin had the Russian army push back the invading forces all the way back to Berlin.
Russian citizens were forced to admit to crimes they may or may not have committed. No one was safe from Stalin's police force, and innocent people were murdered, or thrown into labor camps if they spoke out against him. More than 750,000 people were killed and millions were accused of conspiring against Stalin ( Joseph Stalin: National hero 17). Stalin wanted power, and would do anything to keep it. Stalin once said, “ Death is the solution to all problems.
Certain characters were added to further prove the point that Golding tried to convey throughout the book. Many of the characters showed treacherous behavior that is visible in the majority of mankind’s nature. The shared thirst for power was well documented as it led to the downfall of the boys and is a burden in real life. In spite of all the evil that is shown in the nature of man in Lord of the Flies and in life, there is some good that exists. At the end of it all the message that William Golding want expose to the reader was that the nature of mankind can be calamitous and power hungry, but it has an
Instead of corrupt and malevolent citizens, the victims of the Red Guard were typically people who had been freethinkers. Mao viewed freethinking, especially critical views, as a major threat to his power. (277) Instead of enemies of the state, the Red Guards beat and humiliated artists and writers. Many of these loyal citizens killed themselves after being mistreated. (Chang 288) When addressing Red Guards, who had terrorized their fellow citizens, Mao’s spokesman announced,” You have soundly, heartily battered the capitalist-roaders, the reactionary bourgeois authorities, the bloodsuckers and the parasites.” (Chang
A genocide is a deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a specific ethnic group or nation. One such genocide was carried out under the rule of Joseph Stalin. These genocides have been referred to as the Great Terror or the Great Purge. According to Laura Hill, a historical author, this specific genocide took place throughout the 1930s as the United States was in a process of recovering from the Great Depression. Stalin suspected that there were people who had power over him, which he did not approve of (C N Trueman).
Hitler led a regime of German people to conform against other people with different religions, ethnicities, and sexualities. Hitler was an idol for Germany and Jewish people were the scapegoats for Germany’s problems. Hitler convinced and manipulated millions of people to fight for his agenda. Hitler directed the minds of his followers to support a cause that killed millions of people which is now known as the Holocaust. Hitler was able to execute his plans for the Holocaust because of the aid from others which was demonstrated by Nazi leaders, the German military, and the Axis powers.
But first what is Power? When researching Power words such as authority, control, direct, command and influence all appear. These words all support the following statement “Power is the ability to influence and control the behaviour of others.” The problem with power is that it often leads to those in power abusing it. As Lord Acton famously quoted “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Macbeth
Even Ceaser is said to have abused his power which was followed one of the most dominant oppressive regimes for centuries. If from the beginning those who abused power were rightfully punished the world would be a completely different place, for the