Thanks for the thread. IMO, corruption is associated with power because that is where it began. It is a depravity that is fed by gluttony. That is evident by the decaying of morality which is in it simplest terms, a sense of sharing between all humans. Corruption is everywhere. It is invasive and disturbs anything it "invades". Our language is corrupt. in that is has become so ambiguous it is impossible to understand to derive any truth from it. Just as our minds and bodies have been corrupted.
It is all about control. The most "efficient" way to control is to disarm your opponent both mentally and physically. then offer a predetermined solution that enhances that control. Sneaky, huh? It's called deception and guile both powerful tools of corrupt individuals and we are all guilty to an extent. It is not that we "must" adhere to the solution, we are defenseless to do otherwise lest we fall prey to that power that "controls" us for we will be punished. Does "master/slave" ring a bell? Such can be illustrated by the every popular phrase between a parent and child, "..if you don't mind me you will be punished". It really starts at a young age because it is so "popular" to be corruptive and it started with a popular interpretation of God. "Thou shalt not....." and the rest is history. Of course God can't be corrupt, so it must be a natural "order" of things. We do like "giving" orders, don't we. Mandates, ultimatums, decrees and so forth.
I can dance on any limb of the tree you choose and the answer will alway be the same. We are rift with corruption. We are eat up with it. Power (ego) is un-sharing as it dictates to "do no wrong" as if it knew what "right" was. It it knew what was "right" and shared that knowledge, there would be no need to control or be corrupt. "You can control all the people, some of the time; you can control some of the people all the time; but it is impossible to control all the people all the time, unless all are corrupt which lies in the description much quoted "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely". Bad news all the way around and "lights out'.
It started with the "illusionary' power of gold. A useless element that has corrupted t he mind of man for so long it predates history. The only way we will every see the light of day is to break away from it's imposed, invasive, hypnotic and corrupt influence. IMMHO.