the roots of private virtue are diseased,
the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.
A government, for protecting business only,
is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption
duty of youth is to challenge corruption.
-- Kurt Cobain
and corruption are ruining the land,
crooked politicians betray the working man,
pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep,
and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll
only way to escape the personal corruption of praise
is to go on working.
society's values are being corrupted by advertising's insistence
on the equation:
youth equals popularity, popularity equals success, success
-- John Arbuthnot Fisher
and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products
of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today”
looking at the singular condition of poverty. All
the other individual problems spring from that condition...
doesn’t matter if it’s death, aid, trade, AIDS, famine,
instability, governance, corruption or war. All of
that is poverty. Our problem is that everybody tries
to heal each of the individual aspects of poverty,
not poverty itself.
not against the corporations. They are our wealth.
But they are getting too greedy. I don't want to do
away with corporations. I want them to make our cars,
however, not our laws."
Haddock (Granny D)
have a duty to look after each other. If we lose control
of our government, then we lose our ability to dispense
justice and human kindness. Our first priority today,
then, is to defeat utterly those forces of greed and
corruption that have come between us and our self-governance.
Haddock (Granny D)
If, as is natural, you focus on the corruption and
on those threatened institutions that are trying to
prevent change - even though they don't really know
what they're trying to prevent - then you can get
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to
show by what road it will pass to destruction, to
wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption,
its necessary consequence.
see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves
me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country....corporations
have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high
places will follow, and the money of the country will
endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the
prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated
in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel
at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country
than ever before, even in the midst of war.
when you have bad governance, of course, these resources
are destroyed: The forests are deforested, there is
illegal logging, there is soil erosion. I got pulled
deeper and deeper and saw how these issues become
linked to governance, to corruption, to dictatorship.
students I've been with these twenty years are looking
for a world where it becomes a little easier to
love and a lot harder to hate, where learning nonviolence
means that we dedicate our hearts, minds, time,
and money to a commitment that the force of love,
the force of truth, the force of justice, and the
force of organized resistance to corrupt power are
seen as sane and the force of fists, guns, armies,
and bombs insane.
is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing
and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt
fight for justice against corruption is never easy.
It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on
our self, our families, our friends, and especially our
In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is
well worth holding on to our dignity.
-- Frank Serpico
does not corrupt men;
fools, however, if they get into a position of power,
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil
as those who steal from the public purse.
I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends,
the noblest, the most sacred—that of keeping their own
nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. . . . If we
let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting
without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true
democracy and nourishing the common good is, for the media,
something that requires not only attacking corrupt secrecies
in a society,
but also defending non-corrupt communication.
-- Rowan D. Williams