3 March 2010

Baksheesh American style

Rewatching parts of Moore's Farenheit 9/11 last night, I was again struck by the immense webs of open corruption among U.S. politicians. The connections between Bush and the Bin Laden family and Saudis have been discussed in detail but they never fail to shock me. So I must confess that the recent scandal of politicians selling earmarks to campaign contributors has little shock value. After watching years of baksheesh porn American style, it's harder to get excited by the small crowd of old geezers walking naked across the Caribbean beach. That said, it seems to me that if we're going to have a system that is so openly corrupt, we might want to rationalize it a bit further and simply have our political representatives send out catalogs of proposed bills full of corporate tax-cuts and costly weapons programs with a price tag to the right of each earmark. I can't help but think that we end up forkin' over extra moolah by forcing these people to fly down to some island to negotiate some simple quid pro quo that could be taken care of at a small diner in DC.

6 comments:

Martin Langeland said...

That would take all the fun out of it.
As Biff said: You wouldn't want that to happen, would you?
--ml

Karlo said...

I've had too much fun during the last decade. Boredom would be a nice break.

Vancouver Voyeur said...

I agree with ML, I think part of the attraction for them is the danger and feeling like a bad ass. Bringing it out in the open would make it mainstream and boring.

jubal@israel said...

i used to live in russia, then i moved to israel, and being curious i learn the situation in other countries. and you know what- there is no country where people are not complaining that their government is corrupted, so it seems we might be have to accept it as a part of our life. are you able to suggest any effective method of fight with corruption?

Karlo said...

That's a good question. I think for beginners, we need to outlaw wealth. Even if wealth is regarded as functioning as a reward for hard work, it's simply impossible that one person contributes exponentially hundreds of times more to society than other hard-working people. Without wealth (and the exploitative relationships it engenders), we'd be a lot closer to getting rid of corruption. In the shorter term, I think we'll be better off as more and more people adopt a more realistic analytical perspective that sees political power as simply another branch of business and not some bunch of flag-waving patriots struggling for some deeply-held conservative/liberal convictions.

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