Nation of Beancounters

How to avoid paying bribes in Africa OR what can a book do that the Kindle can’t?

Posted in Stories, Third World Instituitions by Navin Kumar on November 6, 2012

Signal credibility.

In Africa, I have found that reading a book is an excellent way of overcoming officials’ obstructionism. They obstruct in order to extract a bribe to remove the obstruction; but once they see you settled down for the long term, as it were, with a fat book, Moby-Dick, say, they eventually recognize defeat. Indeed, I owe it to African officialdom that I have read Moby-Dick; I might otherwise never have got through it.

– Anthony Daniels

How else can you say “I have a low discount factor”?


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