David Brooks of the NYT has compiled his list of the best magazine essays of the year. In it,he describes a piece in the American Interest, by Lawrence Rosen called "Understanding Corruption." The essay asks the question, "what does corruption mean?"
So I ask the reader, is corruption a legal term, something akin to bribery? Is it a broader moral concept?
Rosen find that people in the Middle East see corruption as a different concept, one that seems to resemble a lack of generosity or awareness of indebtedness.