Sitting in the car and riding down the Post Road, you would not think you would come across one of the biggest problems worldwide. It may be the biggest problem beyond the United States, but you do see cases of it here. As I sat in the car next to my mother who was driving me to my tennis tournament downtown, the GPS said out loud that we had to make a slight right onto the neighboring street. We were approximately five-hundred feet from that road and the light flicked green. My mom pushed the pedal and we moved forward, swerving onto the road that we were told. An officer then pulled us over. My mom is always safe on the roads. She’ll never go over the speed limit or park in any tight spots. So when the police officer flicked his lights on and pulled us over, we were both quite startled. We were finally pulled over, he got out of his car, knocked on our window and told us that we didn’t stop at a stop sign. Not only did he have quite a crummy attitude, but he pointed behind us and the stop sign was completely buried behind this leafy bush, invisible to all drivers. My point is, although he knew it was unfair, it came across as corrupt, self-centered, and seemed to use his power as a police officer to an unreasonable extent. Similarly, in the book Animal Farm, by George Orwell the pigs gained their power after rebelling against the humans. That power was later used unreasonably and caused a crash in society.
Anyway, it took us a second to realize what just happened. A police officer, one of the heads of society, who are supposed to protect us had just ripped us off. From just this little experience, I recognized that a $50 ticket, is much less significant than what other countries around the world are going through. From here on out, I wanted to investigate what effect this has on the citizens of these countries. Places like Congo, Afghanistan, Mexico and North Korea are all places where corruption has had more of an effect than the United States.
The White House in Washington D.C.
People look at a country like North Korea and we think that they are super powerful, and a country that we shouldn’t interfere with. They are indeed. “However, the spread of corruption at the bottom rungs of North Korean society has had a peculiarly egalitarian effect” (Corrado). This is on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. The corruption in this government is so severe that it actually created a positive effect which is that all the people are treated fairly and equal. That is why when we see coverage on TV that shows the citizens of North Korea cheering, it is because the corruption is so severe, that the people do not know what we consider the ‘real world’ to be. But on the contrary to a positive effect, when the victims of crimes in Afghanistan have a problem that they need to be solved by the police, they can expect nothing from them (Transparency). Just imagine for a second what a country without police would be. There would be constant shootings, rapes, DUIs, and burglary (to name a few), and nobody would be there to try and prevent this which is a violation of our safety and everyday lives.
Kim Jong Un, the corrupt leader of North Korea
The book Animal Farm reenacts a time when Russia was a communist state. The pigs represent head players during the Stalin era, and it is a historical fiction novel which has a tendency to exaggerate things. Early on in the book, the pigs who were mad at the humans rebelled against them because they wanted to be free and experience the rights that the constitution gives us today. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (Orwell, pg. 92). This is comparable to any major dictatorship or genocide. In genocides, technically everyone is equal. They could talk and protest (although it may not have been a pleasant ending). And the group that was not being targeted can also talk and protest, but in addition to all of that, they can now eat whatever and whenever they want, for example. The targeted group can do what the untargeted group can do, except the untargeted group can do EVEN more. In a dictatorship, say for example Bashar Al Assad’s (dictator of Syria) rules everyone is treated like garbage. Let’s just say that all the citizens are treated poorly and the head of the government have and can do whatever they want. This is a huge discrepancy because the government being so powerful can slyly get more corrupt, and literally brainwash the citizens into believing what they want. This type of government can prohibit whatever they want and the people may not even complain or rebel. In Animal Farm, the pigs took over the rule from the ‘evil’ humans in the context of this book. They created a corrupt government and took advantage of their power. This connects to the real-world where these countries like North Korea are brutally suffering from this issue and the leader Kim Jong Un obviously won’t do anything. The citizens of these countries can no longer feel what the ‘non-corrupt’ countries feel and they can no longer and will never be able to get the opportunity to experience that. A country that takes advantage of their power and their location on the social hierarchy almost never turn out to be well-rounded nation.