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Re: "Theorem" of Corruption

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Parth J.Shah wrote  on 14 January 1999:

" I'm surprised that Professor Guptara doesn't mention the degree of
govt control of the economy as an explanatory variable for
corruption.  It seems impossible to find a country with high degree
of corruption which does not also have high degree of govt
intervention in the economic life. "

Prof.Guptara has rightly omitted govt control of economy as an
explanatory variable of corruption.

The true cause of corruption is the perception, whether right or
wrong, among the "worker" that the rewards of his work are not
commensurate with his input and a more realistic appreciation, which
he is in a pretty good position to make correctly, that his needs
are not being met with the said rewards, for example, when he sees
the quality of his life to be not as good as that of the Joneses.
This is exacerbated by his personal "weaknesses" falling under the
category of wine, woman & song. After all, you can not expect
everyone to be an epitome of virtue even without the nubile images
thrust everyday at him from scintillating TV screens. It is this
feeling of deprivation and the desire to enjoy pleasures that can be
secured only with money, that drives an average person to fall under
the temptation which results in Corruption.

The solution to minimise corruption lies not in loosening govt
control but in chanellising both the energies and desires of man
towards more creative pursuits and educating him to reduce his wants
as well as to confirm to moral discipline.

It would be truer to say that poor countries suffer from higher
corruption but it is fallacious to see a relationship between high
degree of govt control and high degree of corruption. An
economically under-developed country may need high degree of govt
controls to conserve meagre resources. On one hand this poor state
of his country reduces the share of everyone of its citizens in the
economic-cake but the desires of its citizens are whetted ever
higher by descriptions of life associated with the "beautiful
people" : the beautiful house, the beautiful car, the exotic
sea-shore, "the diamond is forever", tantalizingly emblazoned on
every medium of media and "globalized entertainmenet industry" that
intrudes even in the bedroom to project images of what life could be
if only he had a fistful of dollars more than his monthly earnings.
This and this alone is responsible for creating the desire to get
hold of that extra money which pushes man in the arms of temptation
leading to corruption.

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