Impact of Corruption and Poverty on each other

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Corruption’s impacts on poverty are subtle and varied, but they all boil down to one key fact – it’s much easier to dupe, lie to, or otherwise take advantage of the poor than it is the middle class and especially the rich.  Admittedly, the poor don’t have much money or privileges in the first place, but it’s far easier for vested interests and corporations to ignore their interests than it is to ignore the interests of the middle and upper classes, which further traps the poor into the cycle of poverty.

Poverty, in return, has a notable impact on corruption, simply because there’s sufficient moneys changing hands and being doled out that the opportunities for corruption are abundant.  There are also credible reasons to believe that the current poverty system breeds an “entitlement” mentality and a culture of resentment that undermines social capital and encourages cheating the system (which in turn encourages cheating other Americans).


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