Michael Lee

manager, Jetson Woodcraft

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Is Shaffi Mather's idea for fighting corruption practical?

Here are some ideas to ponder about to answer this question.
1. Even though corruption occurs mostly as single incidents, people that participate in corruptions, can join together and fight against the for profit organization. E.g. mafia. It also could potentially increase the amount of violence in the area.

2. What if this for profit organization suggested by Mather, gets bribed? If it is for profit, doesn't whoever gives the most money wins? Without doubt, the margin of profit will greatly decrease for those who are corrupted, but it doesn't mean it will stop it. In fact, it could raise increase the value of the bribes, since the for profit organization would raise the cost to gain these bribes.

Closing Statement from Michael Lee

Sure, you can say that humans need to take a spiritual leap to solve corruption, but you can say that about a lot of things. It isn't a solution, merely a dream without means. It seems that everyone agrees that Shaffi Mather's suggestion is an insufficient one. It has good intentions but it isn't very thought out. I would argue that the main reason why corruption will always exist is because there's a demand and a market for it, and it's the same for drugs, weapons, humans, etc. My solution to these problems would be to legalize an international market for it, become the monopoly, and have the ability to regulate/monitor it.

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    Sep 7 2011: Thought a lot on it. watched it over and over. And have to say that it wont work it is not creative and spredible enough. Still good effort and hop that I will come out wrong.
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    Sep 4 2011: IF you want to truly fight corruption you have to change the very nature of each person on the planet. We all look out for ourselves and we all have ideals about how life should be lived. In the process of trying to live out those ideals we take steps and the steps are some times time consuming. So we find short cuts (i.e. crime, corruption, political intrigue, bribery, etc.) If we truly want to be corruption free we must learn the following lessons. 1. Life is what it is 2. Not everything comes quickly or easily 3. Advertizing sells products by telling us how bad off we are with out it 4. We need to seek peace with where we are at each moment. 5. We must accept where we are for the moment and see a future that is better without hurting others. 6. Happiness is just that something that depends on a happening, joy is accepting things as they are.
    In essence we have to make a spiritual leap as mankind that allows us to grow and others to grow in their own paths even if we do not think it is best.
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    Sep 2 2011: I agree with your second point, and that's one of the things I was worried about. Accountability and transparency in terms of the organization is the only way you could go about trying to defend against bribes, but there's only so far that could go. It's even possible that, as a for-profit, after a while the bribery business could run dry. Sure, it's a good short-term solution, but when a for-profit starts to see it's profits dwindling, it can flip sides. Or end up trying to keep itself alive by creating more of the problem it exists to solve.

    There's also the case that any organization would be pretty hard to use over various countries, because these organizations use existing intranational laws to fight corruption. They have no control over the countries.