Editorial to Geostrategic Pulse 265 - Stupidity and corruption, scourges of the contemporary world or leverages of action for achieving geopolitical aims?

Stupidity and corruption, scourges of the contemporary world or leverages of action for achieving geopolitical aims?
Corneliu PIVARIU

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits”

The Italian historian and economist Carlo Cipolla succeeded, after long years of research, in formulating five universal laws of stupidity serviceable in any society:

1. Man has always underestimated the number of the idiots surrounding him;
2. The likelihood of a man being stupid does nor depend on his other abilities;
3. The stupid person is the one whose acts bring about losses  to other people or groups of people and do not bring benefits to the protagonist or even turn it into negative events for himself;
4. The stupids always underestimated the stupids’ destructive potential;
5. The stupid is the most dangerous type of personality.

We will not enlarge upon these formulations but their understanding will bring in interesting conclusions for the interested ones.

Yet scarce education or education with great defficiencies are to be added, too, to stupidity, something that begins to manifest more and more frequently including through a primal form of this lack of  education or defficiencies in carrying out the educational process – workable illiterates. The latter percentage is worrying on the world stage as in 2005 it was reaching 68% in Brasil, while other statistics showed that it reached 47%  in Italy, 43% in Mexico and 21.8% in Great Britain. We have noticed that, at the level of the European Union, there is a concern for reducing this percentage by 20% during the coming 10 years as the Nordic countries have a percentage of under 20% while Bulgaria and Romania have over 40% of workable illiterates.

A process of stupid-autocracy emerges in some countries underlining the existence within the administration and the central leadership and within other economic and administrative bodies of persons with precarious training, much under the level of good governance and of fulfilling the functional attributions of the positions they were appointed to.

Qui prodest this evolution? To a conglomerate of forces, many of them multinational, going after some of their own goals, political and economic or of a different nature, of some geopolitical goals aimed at redistributing the spheres of influence in the world much easier to be reached when the grey masses of the national populations are poorly prepared and with scarce education and without the awareness of belonging to a democratic values system.

Corruption is to be added to all that, an as old phenomenon as the human society or the  world’s oldest profession. A world without corruption is, indeed, a noble objective and, at the same time, it is fair to say, a utopian one as well. That does not mean one should not fight for diminishing corruption yet this should be done first of all through education and through a sustained economic growth of the states and thereafter through the state’s bodies policy of fighting corruption. Unfortunately, a prudent observer may find out that in certain countries which can be of interest for certain forces there is the concern for using the flag of fighting corruption channelled as a matter of priority to some segments of the society for attaining some other specific goals  which have quite nothing to do with the national interests of the respective states.

Here we see how stupidity and corruption are not only dangers for the societies they are developing into but also tools skilfully used by forces which pursue in fact other goals than those nicely promoted by international bodies such as the UN, UNESCO and others.

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