2013 July 09 Tuesday
Dysfunctional Pakistan Made Safe Haven For Osama Bin Laden

Why population differences matter:

Evidence of everyday corruption or simple dereliction of duty piles up in page after page of the report, including military and civilian officials who failed to flag the countless violations on how bin Laden’s property was acquired using falsified identification papers, breaches of the building code, and the lack of tax payments and building inspections. The police in Abbottabad reportedly also didn’t investigate a shooting incident on the property in 2010 or the residents’ secluded lifestyle. Intelligence agencies didn’t pay much attention to Abbottabad even though Umar Patek – wanted for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings – was arrested in that town.

One can think of a variety of possible explanations for why Pakistan's government performs so poorly in so many ways. But one thing should be kept firmly in mind: governments are not completely separate from the people they govern. Given a different population with different amounts of talents, virtues, values, and motivations the government be very different. A populace strongly motivated to stop corruption makes governments less corrupt. A populace strongly dedicated to impartial rule of law will make a government more even handed.

Most of the world is corrupt. Therefore most of the peoples of the world are not strongly motivated to stop corruption. Most of the peoples of the world lack sufficient virtue to make good citizens.

The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 is a survey of 114,000 people in 107 countries and it shows corruption is widespread. 27 per cent of respondents have paid a bribe when accessing public services and institutions in the last 12 months, revealing no improvement from previous surveys.

I am reminded of the very damaging idea called multiculturalism which many leftists embrace. They would have us believe that inferior cultures are not inferior. Nonsense. Thomas Sowell takes a more reasonable approach when he argues a great culture borrows the best from other cultures and becomes even better in the process.

Yet the borrowing of particular features from other cultures — such as replacing Roman numerals with Arabic numerals, even in Western cultures that derived from Rome — implies that some features are not simply different but better. Some of the most advanced cultures in history have borrowed from other cultures, because no given collection of human beings has created the best answers to all the questions of life.

In other cultures people embrace the worst parts of their cultures and do not borrow better aspects of other cultures.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 July 09 10:10 PM 

AMac said at July 10, 2013 6:35 AM:

Incompetence and corruption contributed to bin Laden's lengthy sojourn in Abbottabad. No surprise.

Much of Pakistani society favors Salafist goals, if not necessarily al Qaeda's methods. Dominant elements within Pakistan's military intelligence organization (ISI) support the Afghan Taliban, the "good" Pakistani Taliban, the caucus of anti-Indian jihadi groups, and al Qaeda.

I don't see many indications that, absent incompetence-and-corruption, bin Laden would have been "brought to justice," as those of us in the West might understand that concept.

One of the many negatives of multiculturalism is that it promotes fantasies and wishful thinking among our educated elites.

PigMeChimp said at July 10, 2013 2:36 PM:

Randall, please have a look at this new theory of human evolution:


It goes WAY beyond multiculturalism, and is guaranteed to blow your mind!

PigMeChimp said at July 10, 2013 2:40 PM:

Randall, please have a look at this new theory of human evolution:


It goes WAY beyond multiculturalism, and is guaranteed to blow your mind!

faruq said at July 11, 2013 11:43 AM:

if mr parker is such hot shit,what the fuck is he doing in the exact same space-time continium as these miserable pakis? what are the EXACT odds of such an simultaneous eventuality?

Sam said at July 12, 2013 12:13 AM:

"faruq said ... what are the EXACT odds of such an simultaneous eventuality?"

Most Accounts, There Are 196 Countries in the World. So I guess it's 1 in 196. This is of course negating heritage as in the physics,"consider a round cow example".

Always willing to help.

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