I’ve been reading atheist blogs and have come to a realization about the atheist mentality. It seems to me that the atheist bloggers I’ve been reading have one thing in common. They have a set of moral values.
Unfortunately, there are lots of persons, and societies — that do not.
I decided to look into what happens to a society that does not believe in a God, or especially, a guiding God. I picked China since this is a good example of what can happen when God is removed from the societal equation. This Wikipedia web-site was one of the sites I chose for my investigation.
The hairs began to stand up on the back of my neck as I read. Corruption in China is unbridled and the persons at the bottom of this society receive it’s brunt. The amount of corruption discovered is only a small sliver of what actually happens in this country as even whistle-blowers are suppressed because media is under government control.
Here are a few highlights from what I read on this site.
Getting high quality, reliable, and standardized survey data on the severity of corruption in the PRC is enormously difficult….. The strict controls placed on the media by the Chinese government limit the discovery and reporting of corruption.
The politically unchallenged regime in China creates opportunities for cadres to exploit and control the rapid growth of economic opportunities; and while incentives to corruption grow, effective countervailing forces are absent….
Both structural and non-structural corruption has been prevalent….
Non-structural corruption exists around the world, and refers to all activities that can be clearly defined as “illegal” or “criminal,” mainly including different forms of graft: embezzlement, extortion, bribery etc….
Structural corruption arises from particular economic and political structures; this form is difficult to root out without a change of the broader system….
New Left scholars on China criticize the government …. for its erosion of authority … results from the Party-State’s inability to maintain a disciplined and effective administrative corps …. state agencies have been granted regulatory power without institutional constraints…
Corruption here is part of the dilemma faced by any reforming socialist state…. Instead of being able to reduce the size of its bureaucratic machinery (and therefore opportunities for corruption), it is instead pressed to expand further. Officials then cash in on the regulatory power….
Opinion surveys of Party officials and Chinese citizens … identify corruption as one of the public’s top concerns….survey over 100 officials …. Respondents ranked corruption as either the most serious or second most serious social problem…..
In a commercial environment, corruption may be prevalent because many employees aren’t loyal to their employers….They use their employers as a way to make money… a primary goal for many involved in corruption…..
Inconsistent tax policy, and a politicized and poorly organized banking system, create ample opportunities for favoritism, kickbacks, and “outright theft,”….
Corruption has also taken the form of collusion between CCP officials and criminal gangs. Often hidden inside legitimate businesses, gangs had infiltrated public offices and worked closely with the police…. In fact, the police stations … were actually the center of the prostitution, gambling and drugs rackets…..
Corruption favors the … unscrupulous, rather than the efficient…..
Corruption scandals have risen exponentially…in the sectors the state is heavily involved with… estimates … could be up to $86 billion per year
Long term, corruption has potentially explosive consequences, including widening income inequalities….
Ordinary Chinese are sometimes the victims in official corruption…. 200 thugs were hired to attack local farmers and force them off their land so Party bosses could build a petrochemical plant….
The CCP has tried a variety of anti-corruption measures, constructing a variety of laws… Such measures are largely ineffective… because the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection largely operates in secrecy,… leniency of punishment has been one of the main reasons corruption is such a serious problem….
In many countries systematic anti-corruption measures…. help limit corruption by promulgating codes of ethics…. In China, these measures do not exist as a result of the CCP’s means of rule….
Although many an atheist would counter with “Well this happens in Christian Countries too”. The extent of corruption outside the theist society, one must admit, is far and away more deeply entrenched and expanded in those persons in authority who have no moral compass to guide them away from their natural human instincts.
Conclusion – Without an interpersonal sense that there is a God who would guide us into corralling our human instincts, this is the result.