… is from page 285 of Philipp Blom’s 2010 book, A Wicked Company :
Now, however, around the time of his sixtieth birthday in 1773, [Denis] Diderot himself was in a position of influence, and he realized that the problem with power was not that it was held by the wrong people but that it was inherently corrupting.
DBx: Oui. Yes. Diderot is correct.
And so those who seek power seek to be corrupted – or, they are at least recklessly indifferent to the terrible risk.