Corruption Perceptions Index 2013
By taking one glance at the image above, one comes to the conclusion that countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, France and so forth are the least corrupt. One also comes to the conclusion that for the most part third world nations are the most corrupt. The problem with the Corruption Perceptions Index is that it only examines the nation as they are now and completely ignore the road the nation has traveled and the struggles it has combated.
Now I wouldn’t have such a big problem with this graph if people didn’t use it to demonize third world nations and the current events in most of these corrupt countries, but while I was having a discussion with a friend he showed me this graph to prove that nations such as Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Venezuela are the most corrupt nations and went on to demonize their behavior. I responded by stating the fact that no one should use this graph to condemn the problems that third world nations face without first talking about the fact that these less corrupt nations are the main reason as to why so many nations in Latin America, Africa and Asia find themselves in social, economic and political difficulties.
It’s not to say that one shouldn’t condemn the corrupt behavior in third world nations, by all means we should condemn corruption wherever it may be but first we must examine the source of these corruption problems and the source for most of the problems that third world nations face are in fact a result of colonialism, imperialism and neocolonialism that countries such as the United States, France, Spain and the United Kingdom have utilized to become the superpowers they are today.