Faces in Places

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For the last couple of weeks, observing personally the way people are pulling strings to get favors has been quite amusing. It’s shouldn’t be surprising to me, as one can expect living in a densely populated city, but having it done against you has been shocking for me.

This is a city, where ‘connections’ are everything, bribery and favors go hand in hand. If one needs a passport, national identification card, police, even a train ticket, you need to know people in the right places. One can look the other way around, and try to go forth about their business, but it won’t do any good. Where money is to be made, either the one who has the money, or knows the faces can get things to work.

Where money is to be made, either the one who has the money, or knows the faces can get things to work.

As the british have introduced liberalism to our part of the world, more bureaucracy meant more corruption. Legislation, are good to have, but it only favors people who have the means to benefit and manipulate the law on their behalf. Democracy sounds great, if people can actually ‘elect’ someone rather than ‘select’ a predetermined party.

Democracy only gives the illusion of power to the people.

Even in Europe, which boasts itself as a ‘democracy’, yes getting access to some public services are much better than our country, one doesn’t need to bribe officials just to get a passport. However, if one looks at the legal system, it’s only catered to people who have the resources to benefit the legal system.

This dog-eat-dog world, will require people to either pony up, or to have faces at places to get you favors. The later, seems to make ordinary people get cheaper access, but a favor also means giving one, and there lies the complexity of power.

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