Project Update

1 03 2010

Artists Against Corruption (AAC) was starting life as a project a year or so ago, but along came the economic crisis. I had to focus on my main business activities to ensure they survived, and during that period I was not able to invest much time or effort in anything else. Fortunately things are improving and I can now spend some time re-activating AAC.

Out there in the world, I know that corruption remains a massive issue, one that many people are increasingly concerned about. The abuse of power by politicians and businesses seems to be overwhelming, yet we must try to fight it. We also have to remember that politics and businesses are run by people, individuals and groups. These people are fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, brothers and colleagues. They can be subject to positive family and social pressures as easily as by negative forces. In other words the culture of corruption will end from the ground up, when ordinary individuals stand up and say that they are no longer willing to tolerate it, not even from the people they know.

Concern about corruption is increasing not decreasing, perhaps as word of it is spread faster and wider across the Internet. In Brazil  a recent survey found that nearly 70% of people believe corruption is increasing. And, on trust in institutions of the state the survey found, “69.8 percent said they trust the military, followed by the press (49.8 percent), the government (40.1 percent), the courts (37.8), the police (37.5 percent), the public service (36 percent)and the National Congress (9.3 percent).”  This survey also found that corruption was a greater concern than violence, the second biggest concern.

What these surveys do not do is show the link between poverty, corruption and violence.

This rising concern, and a look through the over 1,300 images now in the AAC Image Bank on Flickr, prompted me to get on with moving the project forward again. Somethings are too important to wait. If you feel the same way, perhaps you would like to help me grow the campaign. If so, I would love to hear from you.

Paul

pbarnett@artistsagainstcorruption.org

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