The Destructive Costs Of Greasing Palms

Corruption, like poverty, has always been with us. As long as there have been ambitious royal courtiers, greedy government officials, and minor bureaucrats on the make, the abuse or theft of public goods for private gain has occurred. In recent years, corruption has spread way beyond the poor countries of Africa and Latin America. Indeed, it has affected so many developing and developed nations that a moral revulsion against it has swept politicians out of office in countries from Brazil to Italy to Japan.

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