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definition of corruption ? briefly explain effects on society?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "Corruption" as a verb means "to change a thing into what it was not intended to be". An example is the "corruption" of the US Constitution from a document of "negative liberty" to one of "positive liberty". But you could "corrupt" a non-alcoholic drink called a Shirley Temple, by putting alcohol into it. You can "corrupt" gasoline by putting kerosene into it. You can corrupt a child by telling him/her that all police are bad and merely want to enforce the status quo--a good argument as to why there are so many blacks in prisons, except the real answer to that is not "cops and the status quo"--which is why it is a corruption of the child's mind.

    "Put simply a negative right is the right to be left alone." This was the intention of our Ninth Amendment, without which Patrick Henry, James Madison, and others, would not agree to the Bill of Rights.

    Positive rights "are rights to something. A right to food, to healthcare, to education - whatever. The reality of a positive right is that whatever the object of the right is (eg healthcare), it needs to be created before the 'right' can be fulfilled."

    Political corruption is therefore the corruption of the idea of individual sovereignty, and of popular sovereignty in which the individual "consents" to give up some of his own sovereignty to that of the government. When an official violates this trust (whether legally or simply ethically), like taking money, or exchanging his vote for something to get another to vote against something, or like simply breaking the law, as Nixon did during the Watergate Scandal, is a corruption of the "intent" of that which was corrupted.

    If a politician is "corrupted", it is the "intent" that he remain true to his oath which has been corrupted.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Describe Corruption

  • 1 decade ago

    (n.) The act of changing, or of being changed, for the worse; departure from what is pure, simple, or correct; as, a corruption of style; corruption in language.

    (n.) The act of corrupting or of impairing integrity, virtue, or moral principle; the state of being corrupted or debased; loss of purity or integrity; depravity; wickedness; impurity; bribery.

    (n.) The product of corruption; putrid matter.

    (n.) The act of corrupting or making putrid, or state of being corrupt or putrid; decomposition or disorganization, in the process of putrefaction; putrefaction; deterioration.

    these all are the meanings of corruption.

    corruption is the largely occuring social evil. it increases people's love to money.

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    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Mr M decides to run a Ponzi scheme. He tells everyone that he'll offer great returns on their investments. Mr A invests with him. So does Mr B and Mr C. Mr M gives Mr A his money back, plus some of Mr B's money as his return. Mr M gives Mr B his money back, plus some of Mr C's. He carries this on for each investor in turn, skimming some money off the top at each transaction.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Criminals bribing law enforcers to protect them or something and if they accept the bribe then they are corrupt. Corruption makes bad guys out of jail and do more bad stuff :)

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