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lopoleaf
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dammeejay
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Bribery is sometimes acceptable

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dammeejay
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/15/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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lopoleaf

Pro

During this debate I will be arguing for bribery sometimes being acceptable. My opponent will then be arguing that bribery is never acceptable in any case.

Definitions:

Bribery: The definition of bribery is offering something desirable or something of value in exchange for getting something in return.
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Acceptable: The definition of acceptable is something that is good enough to satisfy a need.
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First round is for acceptance. Good luck.
dammeejay

Con

Giving and collecting bribes can be so bad on a country's economy,it is not only bad but also immoral.Overall, corruption reduces efficiency and
increases inequality. Estimates show that the
cost of corruption equals more than 5% of
global GDP (US$ 2.6 trillion, World Economic
Forum) with over US$ 1 trillion paid in bribes
each year (World Bank). Engaging in corrupt
practices also creates a very unfavourable
business environment by encouraging
unfair advantage and anti-competitive
practices. As well as allowing organised
crime to flourish, corruption is one of the
primary obstacles to the economic
development of a country; it undermines the
rule of law, weakens trust in public
institutions and challenges democratic
principles.
Lets not forget that bribery leads to corruption.A country or organisation that practices such is headed for destruction.
Debate Round No. 1
lopoleaf

Pro

lopoleaf forfeited this round.
dammeejay

Con

Giving bribe is an act that takes place when a person is trying to acquire something he doesn't morally or legally deserve.Why should it be acceptable? BRIBERY NEGATES THE RULE OF LAW:The rule of law is the supremacy of law over everybody in a political system.Bribery can easily negate it in so many ways.An example of a wealthy man who might have acted against the law and is being charged to court,such man can easily bribe the judge and hence pervert justice.If such is acceptable or allowed in any state,it could lead to anarchy,a lawless state.Everybody or anybody who is rich and well to do can easily buy himself or herself out of jail.Bribery can restrict the fundamental human right of a citizen.It can limit right to fair hearing in court especially when one e.g the defender is unable to to bribe the judge because he could not afford the ammount of money the judge might have requested,the other would have the upper hand,he will bribe the judge and win the case.Everyone will agree with me that bribery has no positive impact,because it's immoral and does no good to the society.
Debate Round No. 2
lopoleaf

Pro

First round was for acceptance, but thank-you for the reply anyway, Con. I have been ill over the last few days so sorry for forfeiting round 2.

Norms and values differ between countries. In many non-western societies gift taking and giving in the public realm is a matter of traditions and customs. Moreover, gift giving is a part of negotiations and relationship building in some parts of the world. It is hypocritical for the west to target developing countries for this as many so-called democracies are hopelessly compromised by business interests through political funding and lobbying.

The United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act bans large bribes but allows for the payment of small "customary" sums in order to ease transactions.

The Economist, "When a bribe is merely facilitating business" June 11th 2011, http://www.economist.com...

Bribery is sometime necessary for survival. "Survival" corruption, practised by public servants, is usually the result of small salaries, perhaps in highly inflationary economies, which do not allow them to make a living. Such as with the junior police officers mentioned in the previous point. Without bribery, public administration would collapse altogether as no one would have any incentive to get anything done. Thus the level of corruption is determined by the poor economic situation of the country as well as by the policy of the government.

Conclusion

As bribery is sometime necessary for survival, bribery is sometime acceptable.
dammeejay

Con

A candidtate who was running for a post of a governor,bribes the electorial chairman in the state incharge of the electorial commission.The chairman announced the candidate as the winner of the election because he had taken a bribe from the candidate.This act negates the principle of democracy.According to Abraham Lincoln,democracy is defined as government of the people,by the people and for the people.If a candidate is allowed to bribe and win through this means,then it means "democracy in that state is on a journey to extinction".Bribery only benefits two people,the giver and the taker at the expense of the whole country,its a selfish act that should not be allowed.I stand to say,that bribery is a bad act and cannot be acceptable under any circumstance.
Debate Round No. 3
lopoleaf

Pro

lopoleaf forfeited this round.
dammeejay

Con

dammeejay forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by TBR 2 years ago
TBR
Not without a definition for bribe
persuade (someone) to act in one's favor, typically illegally or dishonestly, by a gift of money or other inducement.
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BoggyB
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