GROWTH OF CONSUMERISM AND CORRUPTION IN THE WORLD 4
Corruption can take different forms, but quite often, it takes placein the public domain. The most common form of corruption is thediversion of public funds to something else or for personal use. Onthe small scale, corruption may involve such normal acts as sweet-talking a club bouncer to gain access to an establishment that onedoes not meet the entry requirements. Consumerism is a new movementof consumer rights made up of activists whose sole purpose is toprotect the rights of consumers. They fight for rights such as fairpricing, accurate advertising, safe goods and the revelation of allthe relevant information regarding a product. The rise of consumerismhas brought many business malpractices to the limelight. This paperis a personal view of the growth of corruption and consumerism incountries such as China, India, Brazil and Kenya.
According to Forbes (2015), Somalia is the most corrupt country inthe world. The country is dealing in illegal sugar, Indian Oceanpiracy and illegal export of charcoal (Forbes, 2015). However, in itsdefense, Somalia does not have an operational government. Al Shababmilitants control most sectors of the economy, hence the high levelsof corruption (Forbes, 2015). My focus will be on countries withoperational governments and a seemingly democratic society. Thecountries performed as follows, according to the Forbes (2015)ranking Kenya (25), China (36), India (38) and Brazil (43). Thegrowth of consumerism in these countries seeks to curb the sky-rocketing levels of corruption. The vice takes place in the publicdomain and private businesses alike.
The main cause of corruption is the culture of corruption among thecitizens of these countries. Some may cite poverty and misery as thedriving forces towards corruption, but the argument is illogicalbecause the countries that rank low in terms of corruption have poorpeople in their populace too. In addition, recent revelations in themedia have shown that rich people engage in most acts of corruption.According to Nsehe (2015), a contributor to Forbes magazine, Kenya’scorruption has coined the term ‘Tenderpreneurs’. Basically, itinvolves rich businesspeople bribing top government officials toaward them luxurious contracts. China’s corruption takes the formof criminal gangs that dominate several sectors of the economy.Brazil leads in corruption by the fact that some parts of the countryare under the control of drug lords with the full knowledge of theauthorities.
In conclusion, there is no single solution to the corruption menace.China has enacted the death penalty in all cases of corruption-including the minor ones. However, recent statistics revealplummeting levels of corruption in the country, despite the deathpenalty. This goes to show that corruption is a way of thinking.Threats of death penalties are not deterrent enough for corruption.We need a complete overhaul on the mindset of the citizens in corruptcountries. Maybe they engage in corruption because nobody in thesociety castigates them. We need to teach children from a young agethe importance of refraining from corruption and enhancingconsumerism. Kids need to know that it is their right to have accessto safe, clean and affordable products. If we incorporate suchideologies in our education curriculum, maybe then we would have afuture generation of corruption-free citizens.
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