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wreaver
02-15-2010, 09:30 PM
With the recent diavlog on government corruption (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/26035), I thought this video might be relevant. It presents a window on an example of (recent) crony capitalism...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvCZBKxP4TY

(Assuming the video is an accurate description of events.)

My impression is that "corruption" is "innate" to governments. That it is not an exception to the rule, but (sadly) the norm. However, that of course depends on how you define "corruption". So, I ask, does this count as government corruption?

(And yeah, I know, it would be more appropriate to ask Lawrence Lessig.)

Florian
02-16-2010, 03:55 AM
With the recent diavlog on government corruption (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/26035), I thought this video might be relevant. It presents a window on an example of (recent) crony capitalism...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvCZBKxP4TY

(Assuming the video is an accurate description of events.)

My impression is that "corruption" is "innate" to governments. That it is not an exception to the rule, but (sadly) the norm. However, that of course depends on how you define "corruption". So, I ask, does this count as government corruption?

(And yeah, I know, it would be more appropriate to ask Lawrence Lessig.)

If this an example of corruption, then every juicy piece of legislative pork is an example of corruption. Lawmakers who use the power of the purse of Congress to bring home the bacon to their districts or states would all have to be considered corrupt. So would presidents and vice-presidents who use their power and influence to favor their friends in the private sector, as in the video (how about Bush and Cheney and all their cronies? Halburton? Enron? Blackwater?)

Corruption has to be defined more narrowly imo. When legislators regard their office as an opportunity for self-enrichment or allow themselves to be "persuaded" by special interest groups (i.e. by money or the prospect of future enrichment) to vote against the interests of their constituents, then I would say that we are dealing with corruption.