Monday, 30 November 2020

In Costa Rica He Who Thinks Corrupt Becomes Corrupt, Study

relacionadas-construccion-Costa-Rica

QCOSTARICA,  by Rod Hughes, Via iNews.co.cr – The Tico Times on line publication reported this week that a study conducted in Costa Rica by Borges and Associates indicates that those who perceive society as corrupt tend to become corrupt. The survey devised for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was devilishly ingenious.

Half the group were simply asked the question, “Would you bribe a traffic cop?” and were told nothing else. They were the control group. The others were told that Costa Rica’s corruption is growing or shown statistics that indicated it. The latter group were 28% more apt to bribe the office than the control group.

- Advertisement -

As The Tico Times reporter Larry Luxor pointed out, Latin American in general score relatively badly in Transparency International’s surveys on corruption. Costa Rica is generally thought of as being the least corrupt nation in Central America but that’s like being the cleanest kid in the cesspool.

In 2014, Transparency International rated this country at 54 with 100 being squeaky clean like Scandinavia and of being the filthiest. As the paper noted, Latin American does not score well by Costa Rica was far from the excellent 73 as Chile and Argentina rated.

But to return to The Tico Times account, the publication concludes that “perception of corruption leads to actual corruption.” This is what Borges and Associates termed a “statistically significant” increase in willingness to bribe, at least among residents of the metropolitan area (San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago.)

But the surveys did not explain why there was this significant increase in bribers. But we have a humble theory: It’s the “everybody’s doin’ it” syndrome that makes even rational citizens tend to trample their grandmothers on the way to the door of a crowded, burning theater.

- Advertisement -

We think this is what causes jihadists to commit horrendous crimes against humanity–it obviously is not religion which is the educator of society. Certainly, some people with weak consciences tend to shrug that whatever corruption they perform is less heinous if it is widespread, whether it’s lying or cheating on taxes.

We tend to believe that it is related to the proposition that “if at first you don’t succeed, CHEAT.”

- Advertisement -
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Mexico vows ‘cleanup’ after ex-defense chief arrested in US

Q24N - President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that...

The Unusual Case of the FANAL

OPINION - The FANAL has temporarily stops focusing on producing its...

MOST READ

AyA Out of Control: Ombudswoman denounces utility

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's Ombudswoman, Catalina Crespo, denounced that the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) - the national water uitlity - is...

Vaccination will be ‘a necessity’ for international flights, says Qantas chief

FINANCIAL TIMES - Qantas plans to insist that passengers on international flights have been vaccinated against Covid-19 before boarding its planes once any jab...

chorotega Region promotes campaign to promote mental health and prevent suicidal behavior in times of COVID-19

QCOSTARICA - Product of the joint work of the Ministry of Health (through the Health Governing Area of ​​La Cruz), Universidad Estatal a Distancia...

Italy to start distributing Covid-19 vaccine at the end of January

(CNN) ROME - Italy wants to start distributing a Covid-19 vaccine at the end of January, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday during an...

CUBA: Rare protest held against artist crackdown

TODAY CUBA – More than 150 people demonstrated outside of Cuba’s Culture Ministry on Friday in a rare protest against a recent crackdown on...

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

QPHOTOS - Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. This region is also one of the...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.