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Avoiding Corruption

Corruption for the purpose of this article shall be loosely defined as any decision that lacks integrity and honesty in being the best possible decision one could make at a given time. For example if someone decides to vote on allowing companies to go on without reducing carbon emissions even know that voter knows the best decision would be to reduce emissions, simply because voting against reducing emissions would hurt their friend’s business, then that decision would lack integrity and therefor the person voting would be corrupt. If someone tries to defend corruption and justify it, they are not being truly honest and therefor that person would be corrupt as well.

With the many possibilities of corruption in any organization it is important to have a way to eliminate it so that the organization can grow and flourish in a healthy manner according to its own mission statement. When corruption sets in, you will see a clear divergence between the mission statement and the actions of the company. This is important to notice early before extreme corruption sets in and the mission statement of the company becomes molded to fit the new corrupt standards the company or organization is now following as a result of their justifications for their corrupt behavior.

Dealing With Corruption

In order to avoid corruption in an organization there needs to be a way to quickly detect and purge any corruption that comes about as well as methods of rewarding ethical behavior and punishing corruption.

For example, if a government or organization has no way to remove members or hinder them in any way, then the corrupt can take advantage knowing that they are going to be a part of the system regardless of whether or not they make the best choices for the organization and may be more inclined to take kickbacks or do things that benefit themselves over the organization as a whole. When dealing with checks and balances I think the US government did a decent job, but they failed in the aspect of making these things quick. Not only that, they made it too easy for people to influence congressmen. Congressmen should be watched like hawks and if anyone attempts to give them monetary compensation or really any form of compensation it should be validated first. When people are allowed to donate etc… to politicians then it is too easy for those donations or whatever to come with “strings attached”.

If the system as a whole is mostly clean then there is no reason that it can’t housekeep against corruption and fix the problems that occur. Here is an example of how something like that might work. Let us say you have a classroom of 30 children and you know that most of them are ethical kids. If you tell them that they have two options for a vote. Let us for simplicity say that it is a yes or no vote. So either they want to remove math from the curriculum or not. Now most students know that math is important, so they should not want to remove it. However, maybe some hate it and others are simply corrupt and don’t care and would rather remove math because some other child has offered them a bribe of candy or whatever kids like (money?). Anyway, assuming these votes are public and explained then the students should be able to get a handle on who is making poor choices and who needs to be watched and if necessary taken to a vote to remove. You just have to catch the corruption before it outnumbers the non-corrupt. So if a kid voted down on math the class you would simply ask him why, and if there was not a good reason that they believe is the real reason then they would monitor that child and then if the activity continues they would vote him out as being corrupt.

Accountability is very important when it comes to avoiding corruption and so is transparency. In a house made of glass, nobody is going to try and hide anything because it will clearly be seen. However, add doors, locks, and walls that are not transparent and you will see people hiding things that is for sure. It is when things are able to be hidden that issues can arise because the more space the corruption has to grow, the more it can control the system and the more it can control the system, the more it can influence the rules and votes. Transparency, honesty, integrity, and attention to detail is what will solve these problems. If there is close detail taken in accounting for every action a voter makes especially when there are signs of corruption present, even minimal signs, then it becomes very hard for corruption to set in in the first place. If corruption has to place to set in, than it cannot overrun the system.

Comparing Corruption to a Mold

Corruption to me is much like a mold or a virus. If you take the proper precautions and make the area the mold is trying to settle into uninhabitable for mold by cleaning it and shining light on it regularly than the mold will never be present at all, and if it is, it won’t be for long. Just make sure mold doesn’t build up on the tools you are using to clean or on the light you are using to light up an area. Everyone must be watching everyone else closely, and in a system that secure, there is no longer even a need for much trust that people are doing their job to watch for and fight corruption. Everyone can take a load off and not have to watch as hard because it is a group effort. Now if you see signs of corruption at all you must get back to working hard, but when there are little to no signs, then it is safe to not spend too much of your time cleaning something that is already clean if that makes sense.

Basically what it all comes down to is detection, prevention, and the ability to get rid of mold should it somehow slip by undetected for long periods of time. Every once in a great while someone is going to make a mistake and let corruption into a system, it is seemingly inevitable, so long as it can be disposed of quickly and efficiently, this is not so much a major issue. The key is in my opinion, having the level of responsibility, power, or influence match the level of effort put into making sure that position is not corrupt. The more power, the more secure, transparent, and clean it needs to be.

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