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f_0018882_16143 - EDIT RS NOTE Crime Corruption...

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Crime + Corruption EDIT RS’ NOTE As a fragile democracy grows in Iraq, as U.S. forces in Afghanistan try to reform governance in Kabul, and as Mexico threatens to devolve into a narco-state, we hear a strident, intensifying refrain: crime and corruption must be stamped out. But if the chorus is in harmony on the pernicious effects of these plagues— poverty, war, lack of development, poor governance—it has offered little in the way of remedy. Moreover, given how interwoven and insidious these problems often are, just which should be tackled first? In arriving at the theme for this issue of World Policy Journal , we kept return- ing to the conundrum Aristotle first addressed, some four centuries before Christ. What comes first, he wondered, the chicken or the egg? After much thought, he resolved it quite simply, if not entirely satisfactorily—they must both have always existed. Indeed, both corruption and crime have been a constant since the dawn of © 2010 World Policy Institute 1 Where suggestions go in Ladakh, India.
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