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Anil Rajvanshi

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Debate: Is corruption a moral or a legal issue?

Too often the corruption debate and discussions all over the world are focused on how somebody broke a law. By that definition Mahatma Gandhi was the most corrupt man since he periodically broke British laws!

By dictionary definition corruption relates to doing things which are not ethical.

Hence how should the corruption be defined and fought for greater good?


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    Oct 23 2012: Isn't a legal system nothing but a reflection of moral standards? Shape- and formable by time, knowledge, location and belief? In my view it is, so corruption to me is a moral issue only and therefore becomes a matter of standpoint in 'space' and 'time'.
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      Oct 24 2012: legal system sometimes comes more out of greed than anything else. Control is inherently build in legal system. Control, power, greed lead to corruption.
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        Oct 24 2012: I see your point and agree with you.

        Moral to me has no genuine and exclusive 'positive' notion. Nazi Germany, the Mafia, dictatorships and even many democratic foreign politics today had and have their very own and underlying moral code which they followed and follow. Greed was, still is and probably always will be part of moral standards and therefore slips into the legal system at place.

        People like Gandhi will be seen in multiple ways at their time and throughout history, as they follow a higher, more universal set of moral goals or even create and add to those.

        Unfortunately history shows, that, even so many people sense the existence of those higher moral standars, mankind continuesly fails to install them deep into their legal systems and to apply them more often in their daily lifes...

        Even in 2012, after approximately six million years of evolution, we still have a lot of potential to improve ourselfs, and we sure will... :o)
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        Nov 3 2012: The only solution is that we must build a society that has no root in greed. Though overwhelming at first thought it requires a shift by only one degree.

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