What is it about?

Our world order appears to be in a tight grip of greed, structural corruption, and inequity, in which money talks. This enables political leaders to act as if they owned the country. What happened politically at the top trickled down to the lower levels and encouraged criminal thinking. The business model of organized crime syndicates, which mirrors the structure of legal multinational corporations, has gained global traction. Thus, the law must be given its teeth.

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Why is it important?

The study recommends a range of measures to remove the systemic weaknesses of the UN and empower people to challenge its injustices. These systemic measures address income and wealth inequality, bad governance, and corporate abuse. They also address greed, corruption, and unfair taxation, which lead to unhealthy living conditions and deprive people of decent work. A slew of measures, including re-evaluating the membership of corrupt states and officially recognizing states with good governance, aim to address systemic challenges while fostering self-worth, inner freedom, and trust among people. These qualities can intermestically modify cognitive processes and facilitate a global humanistic paradigm shift, which enables the development of a peaceful, just, and sustainable world order that upholds an all-lives-matter paradigm.

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When good governance drives constitutional democracy, lies, deceit, corruption, the mafia culture, impunity, and the divide-and-conquer game become obsolete. These systemic solutions are suitable, efficient, and effective for correcting today’s unjust, unfair, and unethical distribution of income and wealth by addressing both the effects and causes, thereby leading to behavioral changes that engender equality, equity, justice, and prosperity. In contrast, governments decide, without the people’s consent, which part of their wages a wage earner or pensioner can keep for themselves. They also decide how much government officials will receive and how to divide it among themselves. Can there be a more appalling situation or a more submissive attitude among the people? Is the devil dressed in greed?

Dr Roy Ienderpersad Bhikharie
Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname

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This page is a summary of: Is the devil dressed in greed? Toward a peaceful, just, and sustainable world order, Cogent Social Sciences, April 2024, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2024.2338611.
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