Effective measures against corruption (10/03/22 10:17:55)
Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita
A marvellous book. All my friends and family have the text availableand have shied away from reading it.
IMO the best quotation is (soomewhat inaccurately): "The usual saying is: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It is the other way round: Corruption empowers. Absolute corruption empowers absolutely."
The authors show convincingly how power over money is the key to dictatorship. Concentrated sources of money is key. So oil-rich countries are often tyrannies, with a small number of extremely rich and a population of poor people with no political power.
So - the five-state landmass formerly known as Russia will need laws against extreme wealth accumulation, and judicial and policing systems to enforce those laws. Banks must be stricly controlled, and bankers need to learn about the looks of the inside walls of prisons. Controlling systems must be open and transparent, and personal assets must be open for inspection from -say the EU commission.
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