As I have grown to understand human built systems better, I have discovered that it is very difficult to build a system that is resistant to corruption. Most businesses and governments are rife with corruption. It is rare to have a government or business that doesn’t struggle with this.
You can see it happened at a high level in China where a strong leader has been able to subvert the socialist systems set in place and turn it into a dictatorship.
I have seen it happen on a small level in a club where a hired leader has been able to upend the checks and balances to keep management under control.
I have even seen it happen in my own business, where I have set up motivation systems that may not have been ideal and people start trying to game them.
I am extremely impressed by organizations that are able to resist corruption for long periods. I don’t think there is any system that can resist ongoing human attempts to game it forever. The United States had a good run, but it appears that our government has been subverted as well.