Is there a link between communism and corruption ?

I.e. Are western democracies less corrupt than former/current communist states ?

Please elaborate if possible.

Many thanks.

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  • 7 years ago
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    Corruption is linked with all forms of governments. Corruption is linked with anyone who has power and thinks they can get away with what they do.

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  • BruceN
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    7 years ago

    There is a link between law, the economy, culture, honesty and corruption. Corruption flourishes when the government's law enforcement is weak, the economy does not provide the goods and services people desire, the culture has become de-sensitized to a concept of morality, Low pay and sparse benefits for public servants is probably the factor with the strongest correlation. Take care of your government and it will take care of you.

    The USSR was a strong efficient government with strong laws, and good enforcement of political crimes and grand theft on a corporate mega-million scale, but the civil service got low pay and the economy was inflexible and geared to produce military goods so a black market in consumer goods, vices and favors flourished and the culture became tolerant of this sort of corruption over small things.

    Consider a country like Somalia, or Chicago in the 1920s. The government is weak and ineffective, so weak it is virtually non-existent and cannot provide order, so gangsters and warlords flourish and create "courts" where the Godfather decides, "taxes" in the form of protection money, and crimes like hijacking take the place of a real economy, which cannot survive in such a corrupt environment.

    Consider Sicily, the home of the mafia, where a certain criminal culture pervaded things until the government made extraordinary efforts to bring in outside prosecutors and shield the identity of judges. Same thing in Colombia or Chechnya. A culture which tolerates crime is difficult to break.

    Consider Mexico. They do not pay their civil servants well, so a culture of minor bribery to get even the most simple thing done grew up. Drug money has corrupted their economy and it is difficult to find honest unbribable officials. They are in a virtual state of war.

    Consider the USA. Pretty strong government, law, economy etc. but it is legal to bribe Congress to get them to pass a law which gives you an advantage over your competitors, by "contributing" money to his campaign. It is a different type of corruption.

    Consider a country like Denmark. Strong government, strong economy, strong cultural taboo against corruption, social democracy provides pretty much everything any citizen needs on demand, so corruption is pretty much absent. There are no favors to sell. If you can handle the leveling effect of Socialism, its practically paradise.

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  • 7 years ago

    Communism is supposed to be state-less so there cannot be a "communist" state. That being said, there has never been a communist or socialist state in all of human history either. The former Soviet Union, Cuba, China, et al were all state-capitalist countries.

    Source(s): Political Science Major
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  • Jim
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    7 years ago

    No. There is a link between power and corruption. It is human nature.

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  • Anon
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    7 years ago

    I would say @Jim got it right. Power can get to an individuals' head. However, capitalism encourages screwing each other over to progress an individuals' status, whereas Communism, encourages working together

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