Bribe Payers Index - Business As Usual

The 2011 global "Bribe Players Index" has been released showing a world economy greased by bribery!

For some of us... that is hardly a startling revelation or surprise, it is fairly obvious to any student of corruption and shady practices--bribery being but one of these standard elitist greed plays.

  • Something, such as money or a favor, offered or given to a person in a position of trust to influence that person's views or conduct.
  • Something serving to influence or persuade. 
Bribery, a form of corruption, is an act implying money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. 

Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient's conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.

Prevalent use of bribery in commerce is no surprise really... as much as humanity has veneered itself in a false wrapper of higher ideals and self-proclaimed sanctimoniousness, at the core primal instinct prevails and we are ever inches away from the law-of-the jungle.

One sometimes wonders if we should not just surrender to what we really are rather than introduce the double jeopardy of living in a society wrought by double standard and hypocritical duplicity--a certain path to ongoing and continuous failure of expectation of ourselves?

This of course is a rhetorical question, although the observation does preclude a world of equal advantage and fair play, it does suggest that although honesty is the best policy in personal practice and philosophy the "wicked" have stacked the world in their favor and the chance of falling victim to corrupt practices is a heightened concern. Success through corruption always demands victims...

Unfortunately we need to recognize the system does not have corruption within it, rather the system IS corruption...

Since the blog site is about personal preservation in a hostile environment it is useful to know and understand the depth and degree of global unfair practice and attitude, simply turning a blind eye to reality seldom supports a personal agenda of self-preservation and risk mitigation and so it is probably appropriate to acknowledge head on--the way the world community really works.

The most recent edition of the "Bribery Player Index" is therefore a useful tool for the purpose of confirming suspicion, as much as 'conspiracy' is ridiculed by the practitioners of conspiracy, corrupt, conspiratorial behaviours and practices do predominate the fabric of society if elitist wealth creation is the yardstick of success in personal endeavor.
It's business as usual when it comes to companies paying bribes
The Bribe Payers Index reveals the 'supply side' of corruption, sharing the blame between developed and developing countries
If legislation could counter corrupt practices it would have already - we are literally awash in legislation but starving for detection and prosecution of the transgressor of it.

For me legislation without teeth... equates to lip-service, the grandest illustration of  hypocritical duplicity I can think of--off hand.

Stay tuned...

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