My wife is from Brazil, so I have some knowledge of the culture there around corruption. Corruption is absolutely endemic, to the extent that no one expects anyone to be honest. And, as such, virtually no one is. Why obey the laws when the leaders don't? Why be honest when you can cheat and lie your way to wealth and power with no consequences? The moral answer to this question is obvious: you are responsible for your own behaviour....
... in the UK, the government illegally prorogued Parliament, defended a lawbreaking adviser (who remains de facto the most powerful person in the country) and is now open about breaking international law.
In this context, why be honest? Why be decent? The capacity for following through on moral precepts is limited. It is a fact that hardly anyone reliably has the capacity to do this: the vast majority of people break the law regularly, whether it's speeding or torrenting...
... but one of the things that does keep people in line is the existence of social norms, which is why most motorists speed but DON'T drink drive; it's why people torrent but DON'T walk into a record shop and come out with a CD under their shirt.
When the government is openly, manifestly lawbreaking, the *social* norms against lawbreaking collapse, even if the laws themselves nominally hold. Brazil has all the paper structures of a law-abiding democracy, but it is neither...
Partisan idiocy means that the now openly corrupt governments of the UK and the US are allowed to remain so. But, worse still, the expectation that they will *not* be corrupt no longer exists, regardless of where you are on the partisan divide. My group chats are full of people asking why the hell we shouldn't break rules around socialising when the government refuses to abide by rules it agreed to and campaigned on. What is the answer to this question?
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