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Notes on Statesmanship

The Love of Power vs. the Power of Love

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
Source: Library of Congress, LC-D43-T01-50272 DLC

"We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace."

So declared British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone more than a century ago. His audience responded then the same way audiences would today — with nodding approval. But today’s world seethes with hypocrisy. Though we say we prefer love over power, the way we behave in the political corner of our lives testifies all too often to the contrary.

READ MORE ... The Love of Power vs. the Power of Love was originally published on Oct. 1, 2007.