Of all the fundamental tenets of political psychology, the one that rings truest is that power has a way of deranging people's minds. It is, after all, the quintessential drug: once you've tried it, you just keep wanting more. The history books – and contemporary media – are filled with an abundance of evidence. On second thought, perhaps there is another wisdom that encompasses even more truth than the first: Those who have lost power are more deranged than those who possess it. Having tasted the sweet fruit of sheer political influence, those who have had it slip from their grasp can thin...
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