“This shows what a degenerate society we have become.
Everyone’s up for sale.”
‘Come Clean’ The Economist 16 June 2012 p.48 [my bold italics]
The statement above – reported to have been made by a member of Pakistan’s parliament in general reference to the allegedly murky financial entanglements with a “rags-to-riches businessman” on the part of the son of a prominent anti-corruption judge on the country’s Supreme Court — sounds so very familiar.
A recent posting of mine aside, if you’ve been with this blog a while, you’ll recall an earlier, sadly tedious verbal ostinato I now cannot help but dredge up about corruption in high political places in ancient Rome: ‘At Rome every day there is a clearance sale’ (Romae omnia venalia esse).
In short, once more, one concludes about the sometimes perversely consistent species that we are that plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!