The logic by which the only way to stop MPs being corrupt is to pay them obscene amounts of money is rooted in a pessimism about human nature that is fundamentally bourgeois.
Notice this logic is not applied to crime when the crime is committed by people outside the bourgeoisie. Eg they never argue that we should stop drug dealers by removing the incentive to deal drugs.
(obvo not all drug dealers are outside the bourgeoisie lol)
Apart from anything else they're properly telling on themselves aren't they. It's like when you're arguing with a right winger and you're winning, so they wheel out he old 'it's human nature to be predatory' chestnut, and it's like 'Hmm, well I can see *you* are m8, but...'.
The vast majority of people work pretty hard and aren't corrupt. The corrupt ones tend to be part of the exploiting classes, whose greatest fear is becoming like the rest of us poor saps. That fear drives them to take any motherfucker's money, as Clay Davis would say.

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