Public Corruption Roundup!

I was planning on a big post today examining the economics of health care, but I got sick.  (In the words of Alanis Morrissette, isn’t it ironic?)  My head is a bit fuzzy so we’ll just have some links instead, and all the theme of public corruption:

The New York Review of Books explains the surge of Mexican drug violence.  Buy American, folks.

Well, between this story and the recent revelations of a massive cover-up within the NOPD in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I must say: New Orleans certainly seems to be winning the race to the bottom in terms of corruption.  Democratic systems are wholly dependent upon two major ingredients: an informed citizenry afforded equal opportunity for participation, and the primacy of the rule of law.  Both are problematical across the country, but the latter seems to enjoy particular disregard in the Big Easy.

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