combatting corruption
A Conversation with Mark Wolf
Published on: September 30, 2014
Ruth Wedgwood is a member of TAI's editorial board, Burling Professor of International Law at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and a member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on National Security and Law. Mark L. Wolf is a Senior United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. He has previously presented "The Case for an International Anti-Corruption Court" in pieces published in the Washington Post and for the Brookings Institution. More information on the Court can be found here.
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  • Anthony

    “…corruption was a way of life in government contracting…. We in the United States are not distinguished because we have no corruption. I would say we’re distinguished because we try to do something about it…. …corruption is an enormous obstacle to the realization of all human rights – civil, political, economic, and cultural.”

    The jurist and legal scholar interviewer, as they both well know, grapple with “human ethical problem” (recognizing and accepting yourself as being faced with alternatives relative to the existence of greater personal and societal good). Corruption as term is generally understood at its root becomes human behavioral problem vis-a-vis societal arrangements – Acemoglu and Robinson (Why Nations Fail) give context institutionally to sustaining forces facilitating human propensity to self interest (an adequate self interest theory however must demonstrate how self interests are sometimes served through social interests). In sum, I agree with the interviewer that the preaching is worth doing whether IACC becomes reality or not – as ethical principles are discovered and moral practices are designed as ways to induce behaviors efficacious to society’s long term health.

    • Corlyss

      “give context institutionally to sustaining forces facilitating human propensity to self interest”

      The thorniest problem for Progs/Libs/Dims is their failure to acknowledge that human nature is not perfectible and all one can reasonably do is build systems that take that fact into account.

      An IACC is not the answer. It has to come internally from the ground up as an expression of a society’s maturity. It can’t be imposed from outside a society without hundreds of years of occupation by a superior civilization.

      And it sure as hell ain’t gonna come from some bogus NGO that claims to speak for all humanity.

      • Anthony

        The jurist and legal scholar are trading views on corruption and its universal immanence.

  • Corlyss

    “International Anti-Corruption Court.”
    OH NO! Not another one of these bogus feel-good gestures that end up snagging only Africans because there’s no political cost to doing so!!!!

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