Taiwan Style Honest Graft

Frozen Garlic wrote an article on the Taiwanese take on corruption, drawing a parallel with the practice of honest graft, a concept dating back to 19th century American Political History. The article is a short read and provides an interesting insight into the Taiwanese state of mind.

I once candidly asked a Taiwanese acquaintance about the currently-in-jail ex-president Chen Shui-bian and the scandals he was involved in, and just like in the case of Frozen Garlic, I was fascinated by his reply, along the lines of “It’s ok if he took some money,  we can turn a blind eye on it, as long as he pushed the country forward and worked for the common people”.

And now, I am feeling a tad smarter knowing that what he described was a case of honest graft 😎 .


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