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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Derponomicon: Part 17

A response to this quote from Tacitus: "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." -Tacitus As discussed briefly yesterday, the SMALLER the government the more easily corruptable it becomes for a lot less money. It seems nearly every medium sized city and even small towns have some level of corruption. Some mayor's son/brother/nephew/cousin getting some sweet deal contract, a judge pulling strings for a family friend, cops taking $1000 bribes to leave the local brothel/meth lab alone. Absolute power corrupts absolutely as they say. Of course we see this in every level of government, but it really isn't until you get up to the top levels of government where we see the correlation of laws and corruption. More often than not those laws are crafted and bought by mega corporations that are exempt from said laws in an attempt to create an absolute monopoly. Big agra/pharma/oil/wall street/etc. Buying legislators and passing legislation to rub out their competition and overburden them with regulations that the themselves are exempt from. The answer in all of this of course, is getting money out of politics, and stop equating money to speech.

More unawareness of regulatory capture & ignorance of the saying "power and money always find each other." And more misunderstanding of Citizens United thrown in for good measure. It's derptacular. 

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