The government we deserve – Claudio Farrugia


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Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821), post-French Revolution diplomat, was an ardent monarchist, supporter of the social hierarchy and a key figure in the Counter-Enlightenment. He is not recognized as a champion of democratic principles, however, he is considered the author of the famous quote “Every nation has the government it deserves”, which remains very relevant.

If a country has a bad government, it is because its people are either complacent or complicit.

Corruption has many faces: it includes bribes, influence peddling, abuse of power, nepotism and conflicts of interest. Its economic and social price is high. Often the cost of corruption is more than the amount of money lost to the country. It prevents a state from promoting the common good and encouraging sustainable and inclusive growth.

This is true for many countries. The Corruption Perceptions Index report recently released by Transparency International speaks volumes. Sadly, the report reveals that our country is not immune to the insidious tentacles of corruption. The report also states that the problem is not taken seriously and that the situation is deteriorating.

Many have become oblivious to the question because hardly a day goes by without a journalist exposing a corruption scandal. Many other forms of corruption occur even on seemingly unimportant matters, as people think it is okay to capitalize on an opportunity by bribing their way.

The recent gray list of the FATF of Malta also demonstrates the seriousness of the issue of exchanging money linked to corruption.

Corruption is a challenge for society as a whole-Claudio Farrugia

Saint Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, said that unless corruption is eradicated and there is “free and responsible participation of all citizens in public affairs, the rule of law and respect for the promotion of human rights. ‘man… guaranteed’.

The Church has not been spared from corruption. Last year, Pope Francis sacked Cardinal Angelo Becciu for alleged corruption in connection with a € 350million luxury real estate deal in London. A Vatican judge has ordered the cardinal and nine others to stand trial this month.

Pope Francis equates corruption with sugar: it’s sweet, we like it but it ends badly. The Pope often repeats a phrase used by the early Church fathers, who called the abuse of money and corruption “devil’s dung.”

Last month, Pope Francis issued a decree tightening the Vatican’s rules on securing contracts. The new rules removed any form of protection for Vatican officials, including high-ranking clergy, if they are suspected of wrongdoing. Among these new regulations, all Vatican employees are now required to declare any gift over € 40.

Corruption is a challenge for society as a whole. There is a great temptation to take advantage of power for personal gain. We have become too accustomed to putting a price on everything and that risks degrading and corrupting these same things.

Michael Sandel, in his book What Money Can’t Buy, argues that corruption is not limited to illegal gain for a public official, but “we corrupt a good, an activity or a social practice whenever we treat it according to a lower standard. that it does not suit him ”.

Government and society must truly believe in the need to defend and promote the values ​​of honesty and dignity. Unless this happens, no matter what legislation is adopted, corruption will always find a way around any kind of restriction.

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