Corruption, Consequence of Power


Latest news related with political corruption cases in Spain, which compose a wide history: Lezo, Púnica, EREs, Malaya, Filesa, Pujol, Black, etc., are not infrequent.

Although it’s clear who are corrupt are people, as individuals, independently from their cooperation with others to satisfy those inmoral and criminal ends, corruption cases tend to degrade the public image of either political parties, another type of associations and institutions related with the implicated people -in a certain way-.

The respective rivals of implicated people, not just in a personal capacity, but in a partisan capacity, tend reprobate implied people, independently from the fact those or the political parties of which they are members could be also involved in the aforementioned phenomena that’s basically inmoral. But it is also true there are people that does not want to join dynamics of “you more” or letting yourself be led by demagogy of who only want to achieve which did not achieved in ballots, stressing where as that “everybody behave alike when get to the power”. Are they true?

Rather, they do not go on the right track. In accordance with Catholic British historian and politician Lord Acton, “power tends to corrupt” and “great men are almost always bad men“, “even when they exercise influence and not authority. At the same time, men is evil for nature. But it’s not only anything obvious that’s taught by “The University of Street”. Meanwhile, in accord with the Bible, men born with the “original seen” and is not free of committing any sin by default, the Gospel Matthew stressed that “on the inside [we] are full of hypocrisy and wickedness“.

Therefore, there’s no “magical solution” against corruption phenomena. However, it’s possible to attempt to avoid considerably but why? Basically, it’s necessary to reduce the political power. Precisely, we have to foster the division of powers (among other things, the judicial power cannot be subordinated to the criteria of bureaucrats on call), limit the mandates time and closing public companies, with the addition of empowering private sector through liberalisation (liberalising is not the same than externalising the management, which is to be considered as something to exchange in the  crony capitalism”, which it’s not a real free market economy. In addition, in agreement with an article the journalist and economist Manuel Llamas published in Libre Mercado, “16 of the 20 less corrupt countries in the world are also among the 20 most free economies in the planet”. 

Now then, it also exists a corruption of morality, which was also evidenced by Acton in his reflections (precisely, he pointed out “despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality“). But, in what sense does such corruption exist? In line with Elentir blogger, we have to understood as that every abuse of political power to exert any restriction upon freedoms which are one of our natural rights. More level of statism, more censorship. Totalitarian regimes don’t guarantee any speck of free speech. But social democrat and progressive consensus isn’t totally respectful. A prove of this is the censorship of statements against the ideology of gender. Then, without changing too of topic, it’s important to remember the fact of supporting state-funded radio-televisions is an attack per se against the principle of freedom of information, regardless the bureaucrat on call.

Having said that, we should be aware about that corruption is a phenomena which is intrinsic both to temptations caused by power and the natural condition of human being.