Political Corruption



“Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance…. and destroys trust.”  – By Robert Zoellick

 Corruption of any sort is a disease that, like any other, must be cured and eradicated. An especially prominent kind of corruption nowadays is political corruption. Many countries, nations, communities, etc., especially 3rd world or poor ones, are corrupted politically to some degree, though the members or citizens may not be aware of it. Political corruption is defined by Transparency International, an organization dedicated to the fight to end corruption, as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.” Many countries are afflicted by this illness with seemingly no cure. People will always be people no matter where and humans are inherently selfish so sadly, there likely is no end to this.

Recently appointed President Dina Boluarte with also newly appointed President of the Council
of Ministers Luis Alberto Otárola Peñaranda.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Perú is unfortunately one of those many countries. In fact, some people only know this beautiful country for its history of political corruption. To be fair, its history involving the topic is quite extensive. Recently, Perú appointed a new president, Dina Boluarte, after their former president, Pedro Castillo, was arrested and impeached due to attempting to corrupt his country’s government and trying to liquidate Perú’s congress.


Essentially, he was trying to become the dictator of Perú. While his personal reasoning for such actions is currently unclear, there is no doubt it was for personal/financial gain and power.

Former President Pedro Castillo before he got impeached. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Many other poorer countries are infested with this malady, including our own. Political corruption can come in all sorts of shapes and degrees. Will humanity ever truly be able to overcome this poison? Paradoxically, some of the most intelligent people residing on our planet don’t know the answer. Even so, there’s still hope, albeit slim and declining based on how politics across the globe are going, it’s still there. Hopefully, humans can conquer their selfish wants and work as a collective unabridged society, working together to fulfill everyone’s wants/needs and not just their own.