Here Comes the Spoils Society

By Robert Samuelson - September 30, 2013

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"To the victors belong the spoils" -- Senator William L. Marcy of New York, 1786-1857, arguing why victorious political parties deserve government jobs. WASHINGTON -- We are, I fear, slowly moving from "the affluent society" toward a "spoils society." In 1958, Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith published his best-seller, "The Affluent Society," which profoundly influenced national thinking...

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