Corruption is Like a Disease – government corruption quotes
Our societies are simply like individual organisms: they decline when infected and rise when healthy. When managed terribly, by selfish and greed representatives, practicing all types of corrupt actions, our society becomes ill, weak, and will eventually breakdown.
Seek out and remove parasitical corruption
Hear the story of heather Brooke, who uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal. She found all kinds of personal expenses paid with taxpayer funds. Her work helped clean out some of the corruption infecting the British government.
Government Corruption Quotes
Here are some of my favorite quotes about government corruption:
“All the methods of appointing authorities that have been tried, divine right, and election, and heredity, and balloting, and assemblies and parliaments and senate—all have proved ineffectual. Everyone knows that not one of these methods attains the aim either of entrusting power only to the incorruptible, or of preventing power from being abused. Everyone knows on the contrary that men in authority—be they emperors, ministers, governors, or police officers—are always, simply from the possession of power, more liable to be demoralized, that is, to subordinate public interests to their personal aims than those who have not the power to do so. Indeed, it could not be otherwise.” – Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You
“When avarice takes the lead in a state, it is commonly the forerunner of its fall.” -Alexander Hamilton
“Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.” – (((Saul Alinsky)))
“There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny — they should be setting the example of transparency.” — Edward Snowden.
“Until someone is prepared to lay out the systemic problem, we will simply go through cycles of finding corruption, finding a scapegoat, eliminating the scapegoat, and relaxing until we find the next scandal.” – Newt Gingrich
“A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.” – James Freeman Clarke
“We have the best government that money can buy.” – Mark Twain
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” – Frederic Bastiat
“Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.” – Karl Kraus
“Since corrupt people unite among themselves to constitute a force, then honest people must do the same.” – Leo Tolstoy
“There are some things that money can’t buy… like manners, morals and integrity.” – Unknown