Against Corruption

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This is an interesting book to read, because of the differences among the authors.  They were able to discuss corruption from different cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds/viewpoints.

Here are a few of the main points:

  • Corruption hurts life outcomes in a variety of ways.  Economically, it diverts resources away from their most productive uses and acts like a regressive tax that supports the lifestyles of the elites at the expense of everyone else.
  • Corruption incentives the best and brightest to spend their time gaming the system, rather than innovating or creating new wealth.
  • As the difficulties and risk of corrupt behavior rise, fewer people will behave corruptly.
  • While auditing doesn’t sound like a glamorous nation-building activity, it is a critical part of ensuring that governments are spending public money responsibly and effectively.
  • Corruption is a cancer.  At first, it can look small and harmless.  Before you know it, it has taken over your entire body.  Likewise, the losses from corruption can start small, but in the end the damage is enormous.

The Public Library – An Underutilized Resource

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I completed the Photoshop 2 class at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library this afternoon.  I really enjoyed it and I learned a lot of new things to improve my Photoshop skills.

Public libraries are an underutilized resource in most communities.  They offer free educational classes, children’s programs, homework help, book clubs, and all sorts of other benefits to the community.

Have you been to the library lately and if so what do you like most about your public library?