Face Treatment and Usage for Ethiopians By any measure, this is but a weird argument which bluntly states that “rent-seeking and corruption” are not per se a problem; the problem instead lies in “the way” they are “organized”. This exemplifies how much ideological outlooks at times may impair our judgment of right and wrong, and obliterate our common sense view of decency and justice.
I know of no society that would say to its members: ‘it’s alright that you steal but be aware of its usage!’ Without a doubt, in many societies theft is always unethical, illegal and unjust act that goes against the law, the moral standards and the spirit of justice and fairness. Note that I consider here corruption and rent-seeking as white collar theft.
To our surprise, while exalting Suharto’s Indonesia, the writer seems to have no idea or else has completely forgotten the human tragedy that claimed thousands of lives, and the social and economic chaos which apparently reversed Indonesia’s economy back to square one, that subsequently surfaced following the collapse of Suharto’s regime – apparently owing to his fatal policy and practices of patrimonialism, chronism, and corruption that created a huge wealth gap between ethnic Chinese Indonesians and the rest.
All in all, the implication of the whole reading of the article is that: we should only and only be concerned with how to achieve the goal of economic growth in the shortest time possible to better fare in the ‘catch-up’ game – whether be it through unethical, immoral or illegal means –seemingly in confirmation of the odd parable, ‘the end justifies the means’. Alas, this argument has apparently lost sight of the fact that economic growth –in and of itself – is not an end; rather, it’s just a means towards the realization of the ultimate objective of a prosperous, just, ethical, humane and reasonably fulfilled society. Thus, in such a case any means that we opt to all along is immensely as important as the end itself. Understandably, here the problem may be that, as the famous German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche put it nicely, “at the critical moment mankind too often forgets precisely what it is trying to accomplish Under the subtitle, ‘The tale of two thieves: Suharto and Mobuto” the article argues that although both Suharto of Indonesia and Mobuto of Zaire “ripped off” their countries’ resources, “ranking high at world corruption scale”, the consequences of the plunder significantly diverged: “while Mobutu’s Zaire failed miserably, Suharto’s Indonesia emerged to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world”; and the “secret behind” the divergence “… lies at the way rent-seeking and corruption were organized.” The article also invokes such paradoxical expression as “growth-enhancing rent seeking actions