April 3, 2012 9:18 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a list who are either currently known as being Incorruptible, or were known during their time, or even we now to have been so.
posted by SollosQ to Society & Culture (17 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm sure there are a lot of religious figures who might fit this bill, so I'm not really interested in those people. Rather, secular figures, particularly those who were put into positions capable of being corrupted, i.e., some sort of governmental position.
The two I have in mind are, obviously, Maximilien Robespierre, and, lesser known, Felix Dzerzhinsky. Robespierre is popular enough, but it was fascinating to read about Dzerzhinsky.
"... the characters of Pilsudski and Dzerzhinsky had some differences. Pilsudski had many women in his life. “At one time, he was married to two women,” Juozaitis said. The religious beliefs of Pilsudski were unclear until his death: Christians of various denominations still discuss it in Poland. Dzerzhinsky, in his youth, was a very devout Catholic. He planned to study in a seminary for future Catholic priests. He avoided women in his youth. Later, Dzerzhinsky kept to only one woman, his wife Sofia, whom he loved madly and was faithful to her till the end of his days."
"The Party endeavoured to head it with incorruptible men like the former convict Dzerzhinsky, a sincere idealist, ruthless but chivalrous, with the emaciated profile of an Inquisitor: tall forehead, bony nose, untidy goatee, and an expression of weariness and austerity. But the Party had few men of this stamp and many Chekas."