There’s a sociologist who spent a lot of time [in Afghanistan] who asked Americans to define what corruption is. They would say something like, ‘when you give your cousin a job.’  Then he went to Afghanistan and asked them to define corruption. They said, ‘that’s when you have a job to give and you don’t give it to your cousin.’

                         -- David Brooks, May 14, 2013 public lecture at CSIS

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