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04/03/2015

1AG - Corruption is a global problem

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Pope Francis does not stop reminding us about the correct use of money because when money becomes an idol it takes charge of human choices. This can ruin the man and condemn him. It can make him a servant, willing to do anything until it ruins him. Corruption appears to be a chronic problem in society. Corruption refers to two specific offenses: corruption itself, i.e. when one offers money to a public official to receive benefits, and bribery, when the public official himself requests a reward in exchange for favors to be offered.
Generalized diffusion
Why, despite the severe condemnation and tragic human price paid by those investigated, does corruption continue to thrive? Scholars, sociologists, judges and economists have outlined the reasons in recent times. Many agree that when you don’t have a strong and accomplished democracy, with a well-functioning competitive market, public administration procedures become cumbersome. The way of organizing offices is overly bureaucratic. They operate on formalities and not on results. The interpretation of the rules, laws and complicated regulations are left to the wide discretion of an individual officer easily creating cracks that allow the infiltation of corruption.

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Difficult cultural change
However, there are also cultural reasons. The state is often perceived as something alien, as an antagonist. Enrichment is considered as a major sign of distinction and of social superiority. The aristocracy of money is the only recognized hierarchy. Easy money creates temptation, which for most people is hard to resist. Even power is bought by money, more so than by competence. Personal gain, membership to a family, a professional corporation, does not necessarily create respect for the common good and the collective interest.

Necessary care
Corruption not only creates injustice, but damages the economic life of a country. When the games are fixed, the shrewd ones win -- not always the best one. "Grease the wheels" is the common practice if membership in an organization makes awards based on merits; in schools, offices, hospitals, companies and in the economic life of a corrupt country, the mediocre win, and the most competent are excluded. Corruption can be combated, reforming justice, making it faster, reducing the number of laws, and increasing their effectiveness. Besides this, it is necessary to create conditions for greater collaboration among states in pursuing offenses. It is essential to circuclate the values of responsibility and respect for the rules in the awareness that public interst is obtained, is authentic and a real interest to all citizens and consumers.


Rinaldo Paganelli