The persistent culture of corruption in Afghanistan

NY Times:

U.S.-Backed Effort to Fight Afghan Corruption Is a Near-Total Failure, Audit Finds

An anti-corruption program backed by the United States has had compliance from only one of 83 officials, President Ashraf Ghani
Corruption is not all that unusual in Muslim countries and it explains in large part why they are such abysmal failures.  Corruption is a form of theft from the people and is anti-capitalistic.

In a successful capitalistic economy, the person with the best product at the best price get the business.  In a corrupt economy, the person who pays a bribe or uses coercion gets the business and has no incentive to sell the best product at the best price.

This is another reason that Afghanistan sucks as a place to do business.


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