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The US is only the 27th least corrupt country in the world

The reply: nothing good.

Consider a brand new research from Transparency International, an impartial nonprofit group that, based on its web site, “work[s] to expose the systems and networks that enable corruption to thrive, demanding greater transparency and integrity in all areas of public life.”

On Tuesday, the group launched its annual Corruption Perception Index, a score-based system that “ranks 180 nations and territories round the world by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The outcomes are given on a scale of 0 (extremely corrupt) to 100 (very clear).”

The United States comes in a tie for 27th place — with Chile. Both have a Corruption Perception Index rating of 67.

By means of comparability, the least corrupt nations — Denmark, Finland and New Zealand — all have a score of 88. Among the nations with more healthy scores are lots of the main democracies of Western Europe, together with Germany (80) and the United Kingdom (78).

The United States’ Corruption Perception Index rating had been on the decline for a number of years. In 2015, the US was at 76. In 2016, 74. By 2020, the US was all the way down to 67, the place it remained in 2021.

Why? Simple, based on an analysis from Transparency International:

“The country’s lack of progress on the CPI can be explained by the persistent attacks against free and fair elections, culminating in a violent assault on the US Capitol, and an increasingly opaque campaign finance system.”

Turns out {that a} former president — and undisputed chief of the Republican Party — actively undermining what was a free and truthful election has penalties. Real and lasting ones.

The Point: American democracy withstood Trump’s try and override it in 2020 — however only barely. The scars from that try — and the ongoing work to boost questions on the validity of the election — stay.

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