peter machen on power

“I think the real problem is that power always accumulates in an ultimately negative constellation, whether it’s the state or capital or oligarchs or the church or feudal overlords or whatever. The great challenge for any social system is to limit the accumulation of power. It’s not an easy challenge to meet, though, since power – in all its forms – does not like to be challenged or restrained.”

EDIT: This was a Facebook comment by Pete, March 30, 2017, in a thread about Ayn Rand, just a couple of hours before Jacob Zuma’s cabinet purge.