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- DescriptionThis little classic, which was once titled Honest Graft and Dishonest Graft, was written by George Plunkitt. It provides an entertaining if somewhat discouraging description of why politics is driven by money and why reformers are merely a flash in the pan. Ather topic covered in the book, The difference between honest graft and dishonest graft is equally alive and well among modern politicians. A modern politician accused of exactly the type of real estate speculation Plunkitt uses as his example of honest graft occurred just a few years ago. The politician sat on a committee that determined the site of government project and bought up the land before the project was revealed to the public. When confronted his response was, I didn't break any laws. As Plunkitt would have said, he was only practicing honest graft. Plunkitt was a crony of the infamous William M. Boss Tweed, who created and presided over a Democrat, ward based patronage form of government in the City of New York in the mid to late 19th century referred to then as and w Tammany Hall. Plunkitt was one of his side-kicks who participated in all of the perks of office and had the ability to discuss his work with justifications worthy of the best wit of Mark Twain. It is coincidence that this little jewel of amateur literature has remained in print for over 100 years.
- Author BiographyGeorge Washington Plunkitt (1842-1924) was a long-time State Senator from the U. S. state of New York, representing the Fifteenth Assembly District, who was especially powerful in New York City. He was part of what is known as New York's Tammany Hall machine. He was a cynically honest practitioner of what today is generally known as machine politics, patronage-based and frank in its exercise of power for personal gain. In one of his speeches, quoted in Plunkitt of Tammany Hall (1905), he describes the difference between dishonest and honest graft as working solely for one's own interests and working for the interests of one's party, state, and personal interest whenever they can. Plunkitt was also a big party man, believing in appointments, patronage, spoils, and all of the corrupt practices that were curtailed by the civil service law. He saw such practices as both the rewards and cause of patriotism. He hated the civil service system that he believed would be the downfall of the entire United States governmental system.
- Author(s)George Washington Plunkitt
- Date of Publication07/01/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight104 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine4 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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