What Happens When Corruption Is Systemic
Joe Brewer

Hard times. By realizing that politicians, bankers and also most of the corporations are rotten to the core (i.e. the ‘architecture of wealth extraction’ is operating), we can only develop a solution based on the complex systems theory. For that, we need hardcore sociology. I mean, your purpose (of adding punishment to the game) is fair, it is the most obvious and important step, for sure. Nevertheless it’s an oversimplification. What happens next?

Getting back to sociology. Habermas, for instance, predicted that a complex set of social causes (e.g. media + cultural background + other causes) could lead people to loose their sense of responsability, and, within such scenario, the symbolism of rewards and punishments would also be corrupted.

Here’s an actual example — In Brazil, due to a series of corruption scandals, people want to impeach the president to put a federal judge (someone who has been in the head of the investigations) to run the country. That would be a recession to democracy. But by doing his job (of sentencing some), the man has become a hero.

After all I believe that in complex systems we should (try to) look at the system as a whole. It will take us a long time to get our society back on track.

All the best.