That the federal government is “corrupt,” such as that bureaucrats fail to follow their own rules, is true but is also completely irrelevant to the rest of the country.

The scandals we are treated to daily in Washington’s perpetual chaos need interest only those who look at politics as a sporting event and follow it for fun or to root for their own “team.”

Corruption is state of affairs where the system is mostly good and works, yet manifests a few imperfections due to, we might say, man’s “fallen nature.” A politician takes bribes; an official mismanages a department; too much money is spent on a local public good — trivial stuff like that.

But if the entire federal government is rotten, root and all three of its ugly branches, there is nothing healthy or sound left to be corrupted. The state as a whole is illegitimate and must be destroyed.

In such a case, corruption can even be a blessing: “But for the inefficiency of the law-givers and the laxity, carelessness, and corruption of many of the functionaries, the last vestiges of the market economy would have long since disappeared,” argues Mises.

Otherwise, corruption is just entertainment and at best a reality check to the pathetic idealists who idolize coercion.

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