Honduras offers an example of how corruption helps fuel environmental devastation.
In some five dozen countries worldwide, corruption can no longer be understood as merely the iniquitous doings of individuals. Rather, it is the operating system of sophisticated networks that cross sectoral and national boundaries in their drive to maximize returns for their members.
Corruption animates sophisticated and successful transnational networks—resulting in violence, environmental devastation, and popular indignation.
The Trump administration, in personnel and practice, resembles a kleptocratic network such as those seen in many developing countries and post-Soviet states. Simply stated, this government’s objective is making money.
The Trump administration’s disregard for domestic institutions resembles international patterns of how autocrats respond to judicial challenges.
The secretary of the department of homeland security has embraced President Trump’s rhetoric of fear and poorly thought out drug policy. He should focus on at-home solutions, such as better gun laws and opioid abuse prevention.
Congressional repeal of a law that demanded disclosure by extractive industries for payments to foreign governments is viewed as a victory for oil and gas. It may also be a step towards kleptocracy.
In a country full of sophisticated lawyers and lobbyists and rationalizers, it is now urgent to ask whether Americans still understand what corruption is. To say it’s what is proscribed by law is to fall into a logical sinkhole.
Fighting religious extremism and ethnic rivalries requires addressing corruption.
Confronting corruption at a deep level demands a significant cultural shift away from money and income as a primary virtue, and an intellectual movement away from treating corruption as a victimless crime.