The NY Salon and the New York Society for Ethical Culture proudly announces "Is There a 'Culture of Corruption' in Politics and Business?," a public debate featuring Robert Pollock, Matthew Continetti, David Callahan and Daniel Ben-Ami, and moderated by NY Salon's James Matthews.

From Abramoff to DeLay, many claim Washington is riddled with corrupt practices. At the same time, confidence in Corporate America has yet to fully recover from the blows of Enron and other scandals. This apparent explosion of corruption has led some to wonder if our political and business institutions face a deep-rooted problem of illegal and unethical behavior.

On June 21st, 2006, the NY Salon and the New York Society for Ethical Culture will present “Is There a ‘Culture of Corruption’ in Politics and Business?” a discussion with four leading writers on the extent and implications of corruption in our institutions.

Robert Pollock, Editorial Board member at The Wall Street Journal, recognizes the problem that corruption represents, but thinks the solution lies in a freer market for corporate control and criminal prosecutions where warranted, not the regulatory excesses that emerged in the aftermath of Enron. Matthew Continetti, journalist at The Weekly Standard and author of The K Street Gang, says the current problems in Washington can be traced back to the Republican reformers elected in 1994, who succumbed to the temptations of power and became worse than the Democrats they had been elected to replace. David Callahan, Research Director at the think-tank Demos and author of The Cheating Culture, contends that Americans in all walks of life are cheating more than ever, and blames the unfettered market and economic inequality for corroding our values. And Daniel Ben-Ami, London-based financial journalist and author of Cowardly Capitalism, identifies a growing anti-corruption movement internationally, and says that the pre-occupation with scandal is the result of today’s political and business leaders being unable to promote their missions positively.

Are political and business organizations rife with corruption today? Has there been an increase in corruption in recent years, or is the extent of corruption exaggerated? Is the current focus on corrupt behavior an important democratic check on authorities, or a negative statement about the low horizons of politics today? Will these charges lead to the demise of the Republicans, or will both parties be tarred by the brush of corruption? What’s the solution to corruption?

The panel discussion begins at 7pm, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. The event will take place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West. Admission is FREE. For more information, please call (212) 874 5210 or email