Just a couple of observations:

1. As far as I know (and I’m just a composer, so what do I know?), sociopolitical systems aren’t, by their nature, corrupt.  But all systems are corruptible.

No form of government – democracy, autocracy, whatever – is inherently corrupt.  No form of corporation – mom&pop, international, educational — is inherently corrupt.

Corruption occurs when people use a system – a form of government, a corporation – for personal gain at the unwilling expense of others who interact with the system.

Systems will always be vulnerable to corruption, because there will always be people who are interested in using them for personal gain at the unfair expense of others.  Societies stand to benefit when systems have outside oversight to minimize systemic corruption.  Eliminating corruption is not a reachable goal, but keeping corruption in check is.

2. Speaking of outside oversight and keeping things in check, from my little corner of the world, it appears that our government’s system of checks and balances works well on the executive and judicial branches – which is to say, the power of the executive and judicial branches to impact our society seems to be appropriately measured.  I don’t always like their actions and decisions, but the processes they go through to make those actions and decisions seem, for the most part, well designed.

But – again, from my little corner of the world – the legislative branch appears to be too cumbersome in design to handle its responsibilities effectively.  I’m pretty sure this flaw is not fixable, because 1. the checks and balances on the legislative branch do not have the power to focus legislative activity, 2. The electorate has an easier time holding executive candidates, as opposed to legislators, accountable, and 3. the cumbersome design has a powerful incentive for self-preservation.

As a result, we limp along to the best of our ability despite the encumbrance.

Now back to the music.

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