The purpose of this article is to articulate the logic of the relationship between the level of corruption in any society and the sustainability of the society.
This analysis is equally applicable to individuals and nations and is, therefore, a fundamental critique of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations while making the case for Agrarian Jeffersonianism and Alternative Constitutionalism and One World.
A Few Concepts and Definitions
Sustainability: Guaranteed basics for survival produced by all the working age population on state-owned land except by the disabled and population under the age of puberty, and enumerated as –
Shelter: 400 square feet of individual living space including sanitation and work space but excluding space for recreation, relaxation, cooking and dining.
Food: 1800 to 2000 KCal/day/person of the food pyramid, 3 meals a day, entirely produced by agriculture and aquaculture of grain, vegetables, fish and fowl only.
Health: All health care.
Basic Education: Pre-K through Grade-12.
Clean water and clean air: Of the quality unpolluted by industry and, therefore, causing no harm to individual health.
Corruption: Breaking or monopolizing or oligopolizing the law, whether that law be the common law of religion and, hence, culture, or the rule of law as legislated by the people or people’s representatives or some combination of both which is any typical society.
Sustainability and Corruption
- Sustainability is human nature.
- Corruption is human nature.
- Systems of law and, hence, culture which do not minimize existential threats or threats from the system to individual sustainability as defined above are unsustainable.
- Higher the existential threat to individual or system sustainability higher the corruption (including violent crime) and vice versa because people tend to break (or monopolize or oligopolize) any rule of law to ensure their individual sustainability (of the family) inter-generationally (or “success”). Such sustainability is defined as “wealth.” Fiat money was invented to democratize or de-monarchize the opportunity for success or wealth creation.
- A system of rule of law must, therefore, be inter-generationally sustainable by ensuring individual sustainability of all individuals in any given generation.
- A system predicated in individual wealth creation is, therefore, unsustainable in time.