When we think of political corruption, we tend to think of illegal schemes like Watergate or Abscam. While such scandals occasionally happen in American politics, they are not the norm. There is a far more pervasive kind of political corruption that plagues our politics. And, it’s entirely legal.
In A Republic No More, Jay Cost chronicles the many ways to be corrupt without breaking the law. Pork barrel politics, corporate subsidies, and anti-competitive regulations are prime examples. Such corruption has become a permanent, institutionalized feature of our political system and the people who write our laws seem to prefer it that way. As a result, public policy is enacted not so much with a view to the common good, but rather as a result of the push-and-pull of well-connected interest groups.
Jay Cost is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard and the author of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, National Review, National Affairs, Policy Review, and FoxNews.com.
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David Azerrad, Ph.D.
Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation Fellow