Corruption, the biggest reason for the downfall of most empires and civilization. Some group of people can tolerate corruption as long as their leader champion their religion, some will tolerate bribery as long as they champion their own race. I’ve lived long enough to see most of my friends that shouted anti-corruption slogan against the government have no problem bribing a police officer and vote for a leader of their choice as long as these leaders championed their own race.
When their own leader of their own race was caught in a corruption scandal, my friends will say there are bigger fish to catch while ignoring the fact that their leader is corrupt. You cannot fight corruption with corruption, all forest fire starts from small and eventually grew massive. If you vote for a corrupt leader because he champions your race or religion, you deserve everything you asked for – crime, robbery, violence and etc.
A good leader will not champion his own race or religion, as seen with Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew. Lee Kuan Yew was heavily against corruption and took a huge stance against it as seen by his policies (such as high pay for governmental officials and ministers that are peg to private sectors to prevent corruption). Once Kuan Yew’s friend was caught in a corruption scandal, his good friend was throw into jail, prior to that, his friend begged Kuan Yew not to charge him, but Kuan Yew chose to stand firm on his principles over his good friend. Anti-Corruption is not just a slogan, shouting about anti-corruption doesn’t make you a Pro-Clean government person, it is your action that counts. If you know the party you support is corrupt but willing to close an eye, you are not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
Transparency International (TI) has published the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) since 1995, annually ranking countries “by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.” The CPI generally defines corruption as “the misuse of public power for private benefit.” The CPI currently ranks 177 countries “on a scale from 100 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt).
Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power. – William Gaddis
The worst disease in the world today is corruption. And there is a cure: transparency. – Bono
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power. – John Steinbeck
Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it’s set a rolling it must increase. – Charles Cateb Colton
The more corrupt the state, the more laws. – Tacitus
Your ignorance on corruption is their power.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want too test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. – James Freeman Clarke
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. – John Acton
One does not fight corruption by fighting corruption. – Daniel Kaufman
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse. – Adlai Stevenson
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything. – Albert Einstein
We have the best government that money can buy. – Mark Twain
People should not be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people. – V for Vendetta
If we elect the same corrupt politicians every time, that’s a very clear message that we don’t want a change. – Sukant Ratnakar
Reject every form of corruption which diverts resources from the poor. – Pope Francis
There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men. -Ludwig von Mises
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. – Frederic Bastiat
Corruption is Authority plus Monopoly minus Transparency.
Hypocrisy is the audacity to preach integrity from a den of corruption. – Wes Fesler
All things truly wicked start from innocence. – Earnest Hemingway
Diapers and politicians should be changed often. Both for the same reason.
There is no compromise when it comes to corruption. You have to fight it. – A.K. Antony
Those who fight corruption should be clean themselves. – Vladimir Putin
The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means. – George Bernanos
When I saw corruption, I was forced to find truth on my own. I couldn’t swallow the hypocrisy. – Barry White
What people fail to appreciate is that the currency of corruption in elective office is, not money, but votes. – James L. Buckley
It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone.
The duty of youth is to challenge corruption. – Kurt Cobain
Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country. – Karl Kraus