The big lie: corruption holding societies together

See:

http://io9.com/5714685/why-evolution-requires-a-little-corruption-for-society-to-work

Article reads: Corruption is as old as human history. For as long as people have organized themselves into groups with powerful leaders, those leaders have sometimes abused their power. But evolutionary biologists say corruption might actually be holding societies together. That’s the theory put forward by evolutionary biologists Francisco Ubeda and Edgar Duenez. The pair used game theory to figure out why people cooperate to form a society even though the ones in charge are corrupt. The model they developed assumes that government officials and law enforcers – in other words, the individuals responsible for punishing noncooperators – can get away with a certain amount of noncooperation themselves in the form of corruption, and that they can sidestep most punishments when caught being corrupt…. What’s interesting is that society works because of corruption, not in spite of it. That’s because law enforcers often need a little extra incentive to devote their time to holding society together.

This all sounds too self-serving to me!

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