Flimsy Sanity: Corruption Index

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Corruption Index

I have had several problems with people with Indian (not native American) names. False claims of non-delivery even though I have delivery confirmation, always asking for gift status for ebay items so duty does not have to be paid and a gal from New Jersey that waited six weeks to claim the book was damaged in shipping and said it would take a month for her to return it (probably a vendor to people in India). I was curious about the honesty of the people we have at the other end of the phone every time we call a corporation or order something with our credit card. I googled corruption and got this index of countries ranked from least corrupted to most corrupted. India was 83rd. USA is not even in the top ten. What I find interesting is that the most honest countries seem to be also the most socialistic.

6 Comments:

  • At 7:11 AM, Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said…

    Those are interesting stats. There is possibly another way to view them too.

    The Top 19 nations are relatively wealthy ones. Starting with 20 (Chile) the nations - with a few exceptions - progressively get poorer and poorer.

    Maybe the people in the richer nations don't steal because there's less incentive than in the countries that are very poor.

    This looks like a case for a case for some bright sociology doctoral candidate to look into.

    Good post.

     
  • At 10:38 AM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    Site doesn't seem to want to load - probably some corrupt person got in there. Ebay! I have a guy from Hong Kong saying I owe him for something or other (a giraffe photo holder) and I have never ever even seen the thing. I don't ever use Ebay anymore - it's just too crazy.

     
  • At 8:00 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    O'poobah: Kind of a case of which came first. Are the people poor because of corrupt governments or are the governments corrupt because the people are poor. In my personal dealings, I find the rich much more dishonest than the poor people I run into.

     
  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    PS. Of course the poor people I meet are just working hard to make ends meet - not scrapping to exist.

     
  • At 9:36 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    P Mary: The Phishing that goes on in the river eBay is relentless.

     
  • At 11:24 AM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    It's sad that great ideas can succumb to the criminal element with such apparent ease. I used to buy and sell a lot on Ebay, but then began to receive so much bogus correspondence I've now given them up as a bad job. It's not so much phishing, as trawling! Reporting them to Ebay was a total waste of time.

     

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