Bribing Government Officials
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 20 February 2011, Question 6
I answered a question on bribing government officials on Philosophy in Action Radio on 20 February 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is it immoral to bribe a government official? There are many approvals and licenses that are required to be taken by individual and/or companies for doing anything. But they are not granted unless you bribe the concerned government official. (They are not ashamed of asking you directly.) In that case, is it immoral on your part to bribe them as you have no way out?
My Answer, In Brief: When faced with the double injustice of government licensing, then a demand for a bribe, it's perfectly moral to use the cheapest, easiest, and/or safest method of circumventing that rights violation.
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