Sarah Chayes

On Corruption In America And What Is At Stake: A Crucial Interview

Just a few days ago, August 27, 2020, WAMC Northeast Public Radio published a phenomenal interview with Sarah Chayes. She is a former award-winning reporter for National Public Radio and LA Times Book Prize winner who recently wrote On Corruption In America And What Is At Stake. In this interview, Joe Donahue shares: 

On Corruption in America

“From the prize-winning journalist Sarah Chayes, internationally recognized as an expert on government corruption throughout the world, the new book, “On Corruption in America,” offers an unflinching look at how corruption has taken hold in our own country and how the corrupt operate: through sophisticated networks in which government officials, key

private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their main objective: not to serve the public, but to maximize returns for network members.

Bringing to bear all of her knowledge, grasp, sense of history and observation, Sarah Chayes writes in her new book, that the United States is showing signs similar to some of the most corrupt countries in the world.”

I have to wonder if my experiences with the Charleston, South Carolina Family Court are any indication of these troubling issues, since it’s in a rapidly emerging city with the rich and powerful. For example:

NPR recently discovered that “75% of South Carolina Magistrate Judges do not need law degrees.” According to the same article, one of the tests that those judges need to take “is a 12-minute online, multiple-choice test. And the test included questions such as — what is the smallest number and what is the earliest date?” As we know, most first grade students could ace such a test. For more on this perplexing, ripe for corruption situation, please check my blog post What Exactly are Judicial Standards in South Carolina? 

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