Distrust

Distrust is a formal way of not trusting any one party too much in a situation of grave risk or deep doubt. It is commonly expressed in civics as a division or balance of powers, or in politics as means of validating treaty terms. Systems based on distrust simply divide the responsibility so that checks and balances can operate. The phrase "Trust, but verify" refers specifically to distrust.

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The Haunting of Hill House
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
The Strange Journey of Mr. Daldry
Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times, #3)
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Iets wat niet bloeden kan
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George Soros
The world order needs a major overhaul.
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Peter David
That was when it was all made painfully clear to me. When you are a child, there is joy. There is laughter. And most of all, there is trust. Trust in your fellows. When you are an adult...then comes suspicion, hatred, and fear. If children ran the world, it would be a place of eternal bliss and cheer. Adults run the world; and there is war, and enmity, and destruction unending. Adults who take charge of things muck them up, and then produce a new generation of children and say, "The children are ...more
Peter David, Tigerheart

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