Corruption, an important point in the struggle against the 1%

Direct corruption, bribery, buying-off, paying-off, secret rewards for services etc. happens. It is punishable but hardly prosecuted though it is an important factor in the increase in prices and taxes common citizens have to pay.

Even more important – and never prosecuted – is legalised corruption, the misuse of entrusted power for private gain, sometimes direct gain by free emoluments as parties, holidays, transport, houses or bonuses, sometimes postponed benefits by getting later higher functions and thus more income. This money stream from the lower echelons to the top is integrated in society. Corruption causes bad decisions for common citizens and increases the inequality in wealth and income.  increase in prices and taxes common citizens have to pay.

The income (and bonuses) of mortgagors is dependent on the number and the height of mortgages, so corruption (misuse of power) is close by. Employees force people to take subprime mortgages knowing that clients cannot even pay the interest.
The pockets of the decision-takers are filled but what happens to common citizens is not important.

A lot is written about bribery and even about legalised corruption (e.g. bonuses) but nothing changes. But hard words break no bones – and in Dutch we add you have to hit them to break the bones (Schelden doet geen zeer, slaan des te meer). There is no independent power that controls and punishes.

Therefore we need Autonomous Clubs that control and veto and in the end punish selfish faulty leaders.

Joost van Steenis

About Joost van Steenis

My latest book "How to make Revolution, developing the Fourth People's Power", can be downloaded for free from my site It contains new ideas how to take the money and power away from the most powerful people, the elite. It strives to get a new society in which not money is the pivotal point of all discussions but the idea that all people have the same status. New action means are introduced to reach this paradigm shift (a revolution) that concentrate on direct actions in the living sphere of the elite.
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One Response to Corruption, an important point in the struggle against the 1%

  1. Pingback: Money streams to the top because of corruption, what to do? | downwithelite

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