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Endeavours for Powers
Whether people are committing or facing charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering relating to payments of illicit funds, they act out even when there are laws around that regulate such criminal conducts. Articles we write usually investigate the different influential sectors, individuals, economies, thought processes by leaders and justice as a whole. We generally look at the various countries’ economies on a global level, but also at a country’s national level and sector economies as they may vary.
As cited previously in one of our articles, “The past produced jobs, supported small enterprises, lifted up communities in townships and gave people homes”. With that in mind, capitalism was always in existence in that very past, such as during the early and later European Middle Ages. Despite the harsh laws and legislations backed by somewhat sporadic persecutions in the 5th and 6th centuries, the marginal always continued head-on in their faith and devotions; hoping for the much needed freedom and principled human associations.
With capital and endeavours for power having always been embraced in many of the past centuries to build up prosperities or economies, much like in the 5th century; issues of corruption and the essence of integrity were discussed at length, appearing self-evident in most scholarly research activities and work. Seemingly, corruption or integrity were presenting the antithesis and essentially aspects of the other selfish conducts by those playing with currencies. Even then in ancient times, money and power matters either oppressed the marginal or groomed them into being hammers or anvils. A Corruption and Integrity research work focusing on ancient Greece and Rome by The Editorial Board of Acta Classica, presented a study by Sykophantia in Classical Athens of the 5th and 4th centuries BC; revealing striking similarities to the occurrence of corruption and blackmail in contemporary democratic systems.
Many other important articles even by people considered to be writing the creepiest publications, have cited discussions around corruption, defining states held up by crime and making it clear that most people knowingly embezzle public money and then, create interior and exterior personal ethics to justify the perversion. One Italian journalist Italo Calvino, Italy’s most brilliant writers of all times, known for writing very strange books and novels, shared his view on the issue of corruption, and cited “it is typical of democratic systems to form manifold centres of power which, require enormous flows of money to sustain the democracies themselves and the politicians who represent them”.
Therefore, when looking at the current contemporary political and government systems across all states, especially those in the 21st century, seemingly such detestable conducts have no exception, as they appears to still remain fested in every faculty of life. Over decades many have tried to investigate root causes and simultaneously address corruption, but there are always sycophants driving these activities and always searching for any wrong to push down the road. The Corruption and Integrity research findings describes such conduct as odious and destabilising because of the element of dishonesty, giving birth to fraud in the end.
Corruption as a dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power often makes tragedies possible within states, as people are prone to suffering because someone is misusing some form of currency. In the book of Romans, we’re told that people were asking Jesus to tell them if they should or if it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, when Jesus answered them with disappointment and said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” As we read further into the scripture we find that people brought Jesus a denarius and Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” Remember the prominent individual in the New Testament whose name is mentioned at the birth of Jesus Christ and Tiberius Caesar who futures at the beginning of his ministry. Augustus Caesar was said to have been in position of authority in Rome when Jesus Christ was born and it becomes apparent, he decreed taxation in the whole world and that its purpose must be respected. While there are arguments on whether there is record of Caesar Augustus' decree that "all the world should be enrolled" (Lk. 2:1) because the Romans are known to have kept extremely detailed records of such events; there is a note of respect that appears in Romans 13:1, where Paul says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. We further find out that even in 1 Peter 2:17, Peter said to the people, “Honour the emperor.”
Obscure laws and behaviours by reigning governments have always been a thing of the past, even in Bethlehem where Jesus was born; the reigning authority was that of the Roman emperor. Biblically we discover that both Paul and Peter had explained to the people that government is ordained by God to keep good order, and so, they taught, by implication, that anarchy is a godless position. It’s a note of RESPECT on the part of a governing authority or the ruling emperor – (Romans 13:1 & 1 Peter 2:17).