I doubt most people will be surprised by this, but then again the industry is quite opaque.
Three debates have gone by, and to this date, neither a candidate for president or vice president has been asked about some of the biggest issues facing voters this cycle.
Which candidate will prosecute the financial crimes that led to the disaster in 2008? Who has the best plan to deal with the climate crisis? Poll after poll shows Americans are frustrated with the corrosive levels of corruption and big money in DC, but the moderators have refused to bring up ethics reform. America’s War on Drugs—which has contributed to tens of thousands of deaths in Mexico, racist stop-and-frisk policies in New York, and crackdowns on medical marijuana users across the country—is apparently too taboo of a topic as well.
Why are our debate moderators so reluctant to bring up controversial topics that affect the future of our country? What’s behind this wall of silence?
Maybe it’s worth considering that the men behind the nonprofit managing our presidential debate system are corporate lobbyists.
The countries with the lowest rates of corruption, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (the only source of its kind).
Other countries in the top 10 include Canada, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The US ranks 24. Note that countries with big governments can be found all across the spectrum, from cleanest to most corrupt. Many of the world’s most secular societies also rank highly as well.
I think Canada and Australia are particularly impressive in their performance, since they’re far more populous, diverse, and geographically large than the others that rank highly. The trend seems to be that most countries with low corruption are homogeneous, small, and demographically compact.
See the details here.
Most people don’t realize the extent of the Nixon administration’s crimes, which went far beyond that one infamous event.