Oh, look. Vast sums of illicit money fuel corruption.

More unsurprising bombshells in Colombia. Today in the Washington Post

BOGOTA, Colombia — An investigation by the Colombian Defense Ministry has found that drug traffickers and rebels from the country’s largest guerrilla group infiltrated the U.S.-backed military here, paying high-ranking officers for classified information to help elude capture and continue smuggling cocaine.

It is part of a set of immutable laws of economics (informally stated):

  • When a product in high demand, supply will find a way to meet demand.
  • Prohibition of a demand product causes high black-market profits, as supply is forced to operate outside of legal commerce.
  • High black-market profits are always protected, inevitably through non-legal means, including violence and corruption.
  • Government pay cannot compete with what the black market can offer.

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