Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A "Progressive" Defense of Public Corruption
It started the other day, when I criticized the nominees to Allentown's NIZ Board, suggesting that a few of them will use their positions to make themselves even richer. Geeting asked, "So what would be an example of something that a person on the ACIDA board could do to enrich themselves that would not also be good for Allentown?"
Incredibly, he actually argues that the use of public power for personal enrichment is justified so long as it also enriches the "urban core."
He follows that up with this question on his own blog, which he calls a "challenge" for NIZ critics. "Can you come up with an example of a development project that would make an individual Board member filthy rich but have no net benefit whatsoever for the city of Allentown?"
Public corruption is never justified even if it might incidentally benefit Allentown, too.