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In the case of Nigeria, the international oil companies are extremely happy with how cheap corruption is compared to paying the sort of taxes they would be required to in the U.S., UK, Norway, Canada, etc.

Thanks to FACPA and similar, no international oil company would risk corruption anymore. It’s not worth the risk. It is the smaller local companies either private or locally listed that do this. This is one of the benefits of international capitalism.

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It is not a risk to make legal contributions to various political figures – with the added benefit that legally declared contributions are tax deductible.

As for smaller companies – well, it is undoubtedly just a coincidence that they just happen to have a business relationship with companies that do have to worry about enforcement outside of the country they are extracting oil from.

To put it differently – regardless of the figure submitted for tax purposes, the international oil company knows precisely how much oil was loaded onto a tanker and sold. That the official submitted figure is a fantasy – which the international company is fully aware of – is no skin off their nose, and would be an example of corruption, though none of that oil company’s non-Nigerian customers care in the least about it. Corruption includes much, much more than illegal activities. I believe the term ‘regulatory capture’ is the term du jour in certain circles for certain types of fully legal corruption.

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The implication is that these African states should try to raise more revenue, but wouldn’t it just be lost to corruption?

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Africans have so much more liberty and freedom than us Westerners. Low taxes and none of that socialized medicine crap. A real libertarian wet dream.

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“each citizen would get around $80 a year.”

Get a job at Taco Bell and you could make $100k. America is so productive at making tacos that it can pay those wages. should take heed.

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State capacity: if plotted on a graph, what would be its shape? Upward sloping? Upward sloping, then downward sloping? A bell, or an inverted bell? Is China’s state capacity unique? Singapore’s?

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I hired someone in Africa for a job and I used the contact form on their official website to get information to pay taxes but nobody answered. They don’t seem interested in collecting taxes.

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The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is so penurious that its annual health spending per person could not buy a copy of this newspaper.

Maybe the population of the DRC is much healthier than that of other places. Perhaps the individuals of that same population are able to pay for their health care themselves. It could be that health care in the DRC is organized on a different basis than in Europe.

Are we to assume that the general population of the DRC is staggering around on crutches with runny noses, coughing and vomiting for lack of government spending on health care?

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