If everyone is corrupt, then it’s OK if you are, etc.
There is no fair application of the rule of law, there’s no reason for rule of law, only the rule of men. Better hope they’re on your side!
My point is that clear corruption as we think of it (fraud, bibery, self dealing) in most Western countries is NOT considered normal. Ie. It happens but we’ve built institutions to counteract it. The FDA is notoriously bureaucratic in order to detect and prevent corruption, and for the few cases to slip through, to correct it.
When you hear about corruption stories, that’s about the system WORKING against those cynics that are testing it for their own benefit.
Cynicism is self destructive. If our institutions are broken, we must work to repair them.