Dante’s Inferno, Canto 21: THE GRAFTERS






The grafters took bribes

Grafters have sticky fingers

Stand in sticky pitch


NOTE: Lots of politicians and judges are punished in the fifth ditch of the eighth circle. An example of graft is when a politician uses insider information to buy tracts of land that the government needs to do a public project and then overcharging the government for the land. The government uses taxpayer money to pay for the land, and so the corrupt politician is stealing from the taxpayers. Graft is corruption; it includes taking bribes. What simony is to the religious world, graft is to the secular world. The grafters are punished by being forced to stand in boiling, sticky pitch, aka tar.




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