The Corner

World’s Biggest Corruption Scandal

That’s what NRO calls the oil-for-food scandal in our latest editorial (Note: I obviously didn’t work on the editorial). This is a common talking point, and as far as I know it’s entirely accurate. Still, I was wondering if there haven’t been greater corruption scandals in history that we are discounting because we aren’t accounting for inflation or because we’ve simply forgotten them. Unfortunately I don’t know enough history. This is more of a question for Derb or VDH: were there greater scandals during say the Ming Dynasty? Or some other period from antiquity? What would be the top five? These are the sorts of questions the Corner exists to answer — along with what’s tatier Ring Dings or Ho-Hos?.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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