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corruption and competiton

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cheating_Culture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Status_Anxiety

taken together, there seems to be an unhealthy blend of individualistic competition and brutal keeping-up-with-the-Joneses that encourages corruption.

this is in contrast to the kleptomania in other authoritarian systems where corruption is essential to supplement the average person's inadequate wages.