Government: Byword for Corruption

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You know that game involving word association at the psychotherapists? The one where you have to say the first word that springs to mind. Imagine yourself prostrate on the coach, eyes closed and suddenly the guy dressed in the tweeds with the half-moon glasses and the beard peering over your forehead snaps out the word ‘government’! How many of us would snap back double quick ‘corruption’ with a frown on our faces? Most of us, these days, most probably. There is growing distrust of governments and the growing belief that those that govern us need the thumbs down when it comes to telling the truth.

More Transparency Please

The most recent study on corruption in the world was carried out by the anti-corruption group known as Transparency International. It has published an index of 177 countries worldwide regarding corruption since 1995.

  • Countries are ranked from 0 to 100.
  • Countries that are at the lower end of the scale are highly corrupt and those that are towards 100 are considered to be ‘clean’.

Countries are dirty and clean, then. I think we all knew that…and most of them or verging on the dirty side, lately.

Or at least, we have found out more about just how much of a scum line has been left around the bath after the water got let out. Scum is always hard to get rid of, but it has always been there lurking.

The Corruption Perceptions Index in 2013

World Corruption Map

World Corruption Map

The findings were published on December 3rd 2013 and show that “corruption continues to have a devastating impact on societies and individuals around the world, with more than two-thirds of countries surveyed scoring less than 50 out of 100 in the latest” report. Despite the new laws that have been passed around the world, citizens in every country are just not seeing the results showing through. We are outwardly told that the governments we have in office are doing everything they possibly can to fight against corruption. But, when it boils down to it, corruption has a hell of a knack of being resiliently persistent.

  • The US scored just 73 on the 2013 index and comes in at 19th place in the world.
  • That means that Uruguay is just as corrupt (or uncorrupt depending on which side of the fence you wish to throw stones at the glass house).
  • Japan (74 points and 18th position) is cleaner and so is the UK (14th place with 76 points on the index) than the USA.
  • The US has been criticized yet again in this year’s index for not doing enough to stop money laundering.
  • Government contracting has also come under heavy fire for being corruptly attributed by government officials. Jobs for the boys?
  • Denmark and New Zealand are the cleanest countries in the index (91 points).
  • Afghanistan, Somalia and North Korea got 8 points and tied last.

When are we going to see the end to bribery, double-dealing wheeler- dealing and abuse of power or secret agreements? When is the back room board-meeting going to be brought out to the front office before the real people? The USA will most likely drop in the ratings next year when further results about the criticisms of the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden have an impact.

You can even do a test to see if you are correct about just how corrupt countries are in the world.

Transparency International carried out an earlier study about bribery and public officials and government corruption, which had the following findings:

  • According to statistics one quarter of the world’s population ended up paying a bribe when having dealings with a public official and 50% of respondents believe that corruption has worsened over the past two years in the world.
  • This particular study was carried out in July 2013 by Transparency International and it concerned corruption and distrust in 107 countries in the world.
  • It’s the political parties that are fuelling the corruption in the world and it’s the driving force behind the lack of democracy.
  • It’s the so-called democracies that are the most corrupt institutions in our societies today according to this study.
  • Prior to the financial crisis, 31% of people believed that their governments fought against corruption and that it was effective.
  • That in itself was rather low already.
  • That figure now only stands at 22%, meaning that nearly 80% of people in the world believe that governments are acting insufficiently against corruption.

So, who’s the most corrupt in the USA today? The judiciary? The police? The government? Congress? The House of Representatives? You decide? Have you ever had to pay a bribe to get what you wanted?

Originally posted: Government: Byword for Corruption

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Reaper's picture

The study was about the "perceptions of corruption," not real corruption. The most corrupt part of the US is our courts and judges. The media, in self defense, doesn't report court corruption. The majority of the sheeple believe the courts, if you hire the right lawyer, will protect you. The sheeple believe the courts follow the law, when the courts only chose among precedents going in all directions. Lawyers don't argue what the law is, only which conflicting precedent should be chosen by the judge. What you buy at a high priced law firm is a connection to the judge. Judges decisions at best are whimsical and at worst, venal. In other countries you know the courts are corrupt. In the US, the sheeple still trust.

steveo77's picture

Dow showing a 3 Peaks and a Domed House, implying Dow 17800 without much of a correction until then.

odatruf's picture

Chart shaped forecasting is utter bullshit. Have the tea leaves and coffee grounds in your cups gotten too dried to read?


Lordflin's picture

'Imagine yourself prostrate on the coach, eyes closed...'

Somehow a position I never expect to find myself in... perhaps the women's coach for the varsity girls basketball team... doubt my wife would be enchanted with that idea...

How is it this guy has become a regular contributor here... seriously... what kind of an audience does he write for anyway... or perhaps that is a question better not asked...

alfred b.'s picture


One way to rectify the corruption originating from bankster cartel & corporate leeches is to first relieve them the top 5% of half of their assets by way of taxation and cancelling all debts incl. mortgages, student, credit cards, gov't, etc globally!

Scratch New World Order ...hello New Beginning.


GreatUncle's picture

1st word that comes to mind in general "ITS A CON"


Done that now I will read the article!

GreatUncle's picture

After the article, ITS A CON is the perception the result is CORRUPTION. Although feel ITS A CON is more appropriate with the way things are presented to a population so as to deceive and the same culprit, GOVERNMENT.

sgorem's picture

Have you ever had to pay a bribe to get what you wanted?

Accounts Receivable Tax

UN-Affordable Healthcare Tax

Airfare/Airport Tax

Building Permit Tax

Business and Occupation Tax

Capital Gains Tax

CDL license Tax

Cigarette Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Court Fines (indirect taxes)

Dog License Tax

Driving Tax ( Tax on mileage driven, soon)

Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Fire Fee (Tax for square footage protection)

Fishing License Tax

Food License Tax

Fuel permit tax

Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)

Hunting License Tax

Inheritance Tax Interest expense (tax on the money)

Inflation (Hidden, and Forever)

Internet Sales Tax (soon)

Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

Liquor Tax

Local Income Tax

Luxury Taxes

Marriage License Tax

Medicare Tax

Pot Tax (and NOT the one you sit your ass on)

Property Tax

Real Estate Tax

Savings Tax

Septic Permit Tax

Service Charge Taxes

Social Security Tax

Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)

Sales Taxes

Recreational Vehicle Tax

School Tax

State Income Tax

State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

Telephone federal excise tax

Telephone federal universal service fee tax

Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes

Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax

Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax

Telephone state and local tax

Telephone usage charge tax

(Cell Phone 911 Fee/Tax)

Toll Bridge Taxes

Toll Roads (Turnpikes)

Toll Tunnel Taxes

Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)

Trailer registration tax

Utility Taxes (Gas, Water, Electric, Cable, etc.)

Vehicle License Registration Tax

Vehicle Inspection Tax

Vehicle Sales Tax

Watercraft registration Tax

Well Permit Tax

Workers Compensation Tax

"What's in Your Wallet?"

Oleander's picture

In Massachusetts you pay $80.00 to take a parenting class to get Divorced.  Its A Mandatory. Tax.

d edwards's picture

Most corrupt? 0bama the liar, Holder who uses the law to bludgeon those who oppose The Liar, and the rest of his whole damn admin!

El Vaquero's picture


Have you ever had to pay a bribe to get what you wanted?

I cannot afford the bribes that are required to get shit done in this country. 

The Wisp's picture

One of the Reasons we were  ( supposed ) to have freedom of the Press...

eddiebe's picture

You pay income-tax?

whatthecurtains's picture

Have you ever had to pay a bribe to get what you wanted?

Yes, but it was called a campaign contribution.

SAT 800's picture

The NSA. the only part of the government that listens.

rationaldemocracy's picture

 If you are sick and tired of the government than join the street protests and stop voting for the something other than just whinning

if you attend college look at the bulletin boards near the library there are plenty of socialist and alternative organizations you can join.

You can also find good literature on socialism at and legal books, films)


TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

rationaldemocracy bleated:

If you are sick and tired of the government, then stop voting.

Fixed it for you.

do something other than just whinning

Whin? Let me guess: Whip Hyper Inflation Now.

El Vaquero's picture

Is that a herd of unicorns that I just watched run by?

petolo's picture

Make that anarchist and anarchism. Socialism=more government.

LawsofPhysics's picture

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - JFK.

Bring it motherfuckers.

Ghordius's picture

since you call yourself rationaldemocracy explain to me how this changes anything in a FPTP electoral system

anyway, back on the thing: corruption. it's one of those things that is quantifible, up to a certain degree. yet it's more related to quality than quantity

if you want to fight corruption, you have to induce a thinking more centered on quality. now look around and tell me if you don't live in a country that is more concerned with quantity

just giving mho

Dick Buttkiss's picture

"If you are sick and tired of the government than . . . stop voting for the republicans . . ."

Right, RD, the Democrats are the solution, and it is therefore perfectly rational for you to continue to vote for them.

No wait:

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." — Emma Goldman

"Sending in good people to reform the state is like sending in virgins to reform the whorehouse." — Albert Jay Nock

"You're an idiot." — Dick Buttkiss

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

The Federal Reserve is an Islamic group of criminal bank robbers that steal hundreds of Quadrillions of dollars from the good citizens every day by printing them and handing them out to other banker criminals who in turn buy up all the housing, fuel, food and water. The Military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are CORRUPT accomplices that have no loyalty to the people. The Treasury dept. should print paper INTEREST FREE and inject it in to the bottom of the economic pyramid and let it trickle up to the filthy rich Islamic criminal #*%& suckers at the top