The commonplace reply, that if he had been guilty of corrupting
the youth their relations would surely have witnessed against him, with which he concludes this part of his defence, is more satisfactory.
A mender of old shoes, or patcher up of clothes, who made the shoes or clothes worse than he received them, could not have remained thirty days undetected, and would very soon have starved; whereas during more than forty years, Protagoras was corrupting
all Hellas, and sending his disciples from him worse than he received them, and he was never found out.
He accused the corrupt politicians corrupting
the entire political culture leading the country to total devastation.
Needless to say, Yemen's government has always mastered corrupting
international aid given for America's "war on terror," in which it was used, instead of eradicating terrorist groups, to empower army divisions that would eventually perform an efficient crackdown on the people.
But they have a more corrupting
influence on the democratic process in Central Europe, where government transparency, legislative oversight, and judicial independence are underdeveloped.