What is Corruption?

What Does Corruption Mean

Corruption refers, in the first instance, to something that has been spoiled, which passes into a state of decay or perversion , altering the basic properties and becoming much more murky and negative.



The term comes from the combination of two Latin words: break and heart . That metaphorical meaning precisely means the loss of the essence of an object or value .

See also: Impunity

Types of corruption

If the bits alter the presentation of data it is considered a corrupt file.

There are two meanings of the term: one refers to something rots, while the other takes a more symbolic way to refer to the human relations , especially relations of power .

In the first place, an organism after its death begins a process of degradation . It is a decomposition (with substances that swell, then dry up and rot), whereby bodies slowly transform into less complex and simpler forms.

In literature and linguistics corruption is also called a situation that can occur when a word is used in a different way than that established by its definition , a phenomenon of linguistic corruption is occurring. It also happens if in any written work, from a translation, correction or redaction, an alteration appears with respect to the original version.

In computing , it is known that the storage of data is not an infallible act, and if the bits alter the presentation of the data (which can happen due to a virus attack, due to a malfunction of the operating system , or simply due to a bad transmission data), it is considered to be a corrupt file .

When talking about cases of corruption of minors, it is because there is an adult who, abusing a defenseless situation, subjects a minor to carry out activities such as prostitution, which can psychologically disturb him in a very serious way, thus corrupting his personality and their psychological development.

In politics , the concept of corruption refers to the act of abuse of power to obtain a profit, generally economic , that does not respond to the functions that power assigns. This shows the relationship with the etymological spirit of the term: in politics, power must have a philosophical foundation in the search for the common good , and the violation of this by pursuing individual interests is one of the acts of treason par excellence, and hence, of corruption.

Acts of corruption

Corruption appears in both public and private functions.

But specifically, what are we talking about when we mention acts of corruption? Here are some examples:

  • The extortion to the protection of senior officials in order to force others to public or private function to do things beyond their duties.
  • The falsification of public awards , with false contracts and outside the channels that the law imposes.
  • The influence peddling , using the profits or friends in senior positions to favor or harm causes or projects .
  • The illegal or malicious use of the goods that have been conferred for another use.
  • The lack of ethics , especially at managerial levels. It is a crime for an official to see an offense and not report it or warn it.

Corruption appears in both the public and private functions and has more than negative consequences for most organizations that do not know how to combat it: it favors the reproduction of bureaucracies, limits the credibility of governments , reduces resources for honest work. and it naturalizes these facts, which greatly harm those who legitimize that organization with their money or with their support. Even the justice , the police or sports are often crossed by these issues.

The debate about corruption tends to appear in most of the world's democracies , and there is no shortage of political parties that are considered the champions in the fight against corruption . The truth is that solving these problems requires a change in the common sense of society and a culture of belonging to the decisions that are made in the upper strata of organizations, which that society legitimizes.

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