Don’t Bribe the Tea Party

The collectivism vs. individualism debate has advanced to new territory:

We found a significant effect of the degree of collectivism versus individualism present in a national culture on the propensity to offer bribes to international business partners. Furthermore, the effect was mediated by individuals’ sense of responsibility for their actions. Together, these results suggest that collectivism promotes bribery through lower perceived responsibility for one’s actions.

For those keeping score at home, Asian countries with collectivist cultures are destroying America when it come to education, but at least once their kids grow up to be successful entrepreneurs they’re more likely to be corrupt.  I think there’s a “winning the future” joke in their somewhere, and I’m pretty sure the U.S. is the punchline.


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