Doug Casey: Make Corruption Your Friend
Interviewed by Louis James
L: Doug, one of the complaints the Egyptians have of the rulers they are showing to the door is corruption. It’s the same in Tunisia. It seems that more than the lack of freedom or even the secret police, it’s government corruption that bothers citizens the most. This fits with your concern that ousting the old bosses will just lead to new bosses who will be every bit as bad; these people don’t want to get rid of their governments, they want those governments to work. And yet, I’ve heard you speak of making corruption your friend. Can you tell us what you mean by that?
Doug: Sure. As always, the place to start is with a definition. This is critical, because people use terms like corruption in nebulous ways that enable sloppy thinking. Unless you can define precisely what a word means, you literally can’t know what you’re talking about. That’s one reason why listening to commentators like Hannity, Beck, and O’Reilly is such a frustrating waste of time. These people are constantly conflating concepts – like the idea of America with the reality of the U.S., or confusing capitalism with fascism, or war with defense – because precise definitions often get in the way of emotive rhetoric.