John Kerry has explicitly stated the root of all the problems we have in this world. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland he correctly identified that government corruption fuels crime, violent extremism and disillusionment with society.
“The fact is there is nothing, absolutely nothing, more demoralizing and disempowering to any citizen of any nation than the belief the system is rigged against them and that people in positions of power are — to use a diplomatic term of art — crooks who are stealing the future of their own people; and by the way, depositing their ill-gotten gains in ostensibly legitimate financial institutions around the world,” Kerry said.
I hope he recognizes that we, the U.S., need to start fighting this at home and to do this we need to start electing officials that are unwilling to turn an eye to corruption. This isn’t something that is accomplished by pragmatism, this must be driven by idealism.