DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
Are oligarchs less corrupt?
June 28 2006
But there are two questions.
1. Though the Gini coefficient, a measure of the income inequality in a country, does not include corruption and black money it gives some insight in the damage to the economy by the highest earners – damage in so far that the highest incomes have the power to reserve a substantial part of the total income of a country for the own group.
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient) states that the inequality in Russia is less than in the USA - corruption in the USA is institutionalised. The USA has a Gini coefficient over 0.4 (and it is rising) about the same as China. Attention, this concerns only registered incomes, in particular elitepeople can hide their wealth behind legal constructions.
Legalised corruption I have described in my third Letter about “Gatesian corruption”. Illegal corruption includes the so-called scandals of Enron or Ahold, but most of these cases are not prosecuted and the perpetrators remain free with their stolen money. The corruption of well-placed masspeople is important but the corruption at the top reserves for the elite an important part of the national cake on which we are all feeding. See also my 51st letter, "Corruption is everywhere".
2. Though the salary of
Russian civil servants was recently increased from 100 to 500
dollar it is clear that such incomes do not provide the prosperous
lives that are propagated in TV-soaps as the utmost goal for all
people. Lower civil servants can somewhat increase their income but
higher civil servants want to live as oligarchs (I prefer to
call them elitepeople) and they can increase their income immensely.
Voslensky described in his book “Nomenklatura” that the Russian top uses about the same methods with their datscha’s, own warehouses and entrance to the best universities. Since the Soviet Union disappeared the economic system continued to approach the American system. Both systems are corrupt because they allow the powerful to get more money for the group by using their undisputed power.
How do lower masspeople
react on the greedy top that is bending the law to get as much money
above the surplus they have already? Something has been changing in
the last fifty years.
The relatively small
corruption of Russian civil servants finds its origin in the big
corruption of the elite. This can only change when the biggest
corruption is attacked, when the corrupt (legal and illegal) way of
life of the elite is stopped, including their idea that activities
are only praiseworthy when they result in huge payments. From
elitist leaders nothing can be expected. Only masspeople can
change the world by invading the eliteworld so that elitepeople
cannot anymore live the privileged and prosperous life they lived
When you want to
receive an e-mail message each time I publish a new article,
Football and society
To the index of All Letters