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Volume 19 No. 3 • April 2016


Has anyone reading this newsletter failed to notice the unbelievable increase in governmental corruption at all levels in the U.S., local, State, and federal? Something to keep track of in the decline of Western civilization.

A recent study was published in Nature on the prevalence of rule violations and the intrinsic honesty of individuals living in different societies (Gachter, 2016). Among other things, the paper reports, “[s]ocieties with higher material security, as measured by Government Effectiveness [described in the paper as a proxy for ‘bureaucratic quality and material security’] tend to be more individualist, and more individualist societies tend to have less corruption.” The decline and fall of powerful historical societies (such as the Roman Empire) seem to coincide with rapidly increasing corruption.

Romans before the fall were as certain as we are today that their world would continue forever substantially unchanged. They were wrong.

— Bryan Ward-Perkins, historian

The study’s results further suggest that “for many people lying is psychologically costly.” One has to be very cautious in dealing with those who DO NOT find lying to be psychologically costly. They are very possibly sociopaths.

Reference: Gachter and Schulz. Intrinsic honesty and the prevalence of rule violations across societies. Nature. VOL 000: 00 MONTH 2016 [this is how the reference is given on our hardcopy]


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