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The suggestive power of obscure clues

Those who have few reliable facts, but still want to make a difference, refer to dark figures. This can even be used to try to bring about changes in the law.

There is the convenient formula “studies that show. . . »When it comes to lending an aura of seriousness to a questionable fact or an obscure correlation. Who dares to doubt that listening to music, for example, promotes intelligence or - as recently rumored in the media - cat owners develop schizophrenia more than average, if studies show this.

A similarly suggestive force apparently emanates from the unreported number. It always seems to come into play when the empirical evidence is insufficient to give a situation the desired drama. Greece had accumulated further debts with hedge funds and speculators (completely unnoticed by the "institutions"), was read in the press some time ago; no one knew more details, but one was sure that the number of unreported cases was in the billions.

People are always happy to take refuge in this, which cannot be precisely identified, when it comes to the number of unemployed (many do not even register with the authorities), depression and suicides by men (who express their mental distress less often than women). or cases of stalking (those affected are reluctant to report charges). There is no objection to the unreported figures if they are based on estimates obtained from representative surveys. The suspicion, however, is that many of these estimates are just speculations aimed at a specific effect.

The reference to unreported numbers becomes questionable if the aim is to create a new legal norm. The parliament recently debated whether private bribery should be declared an official offense. National Councilor Daniel Jositsch, who is one of the proponents of the idea, pointed out in a blog that the current law had no effect. Corruption is a “victimless crime” with no injured party, which is why there was never a court case. However, his remark is ominous: "One reckons with an unreported number of over 90% of the cases." This is mathematically strange, but it should simply mean that Switzerland has a problem, although it cannot be documented as precisely.

It is remarkable that the Federal Council stated in a message on corruption criminal law in 2014 that Switzerland is one of the countries that are least affected by bribery problems. Reference is made to the findings of the Council of Europe, the OECD and the UN. "Studies show" something here that the proponents of corruption as an official crime are apparently not interested in.