Magazine April 20, 2015, Issue

A New Form of Government

A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption, by Jay Cost (Encounter, 408 pp., $27.99)

Recently, former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell (R.) and his wife were convicted on federal charges for accepting over $100,000 worth of shoes, watches, and golf clubs from a political donor. That’s small potatoes compared with what some of the heavy hitters of the Gilded Age could rake in: In one year alone, Joseph Foraker (Ohio’s U.S. senator from 1897 to 1909) took in nearly $1.2 million in today’s dollars. And Foraker was hardly the worst offender. Matthew Quay, boss of the Pennsylvania political machine, apparently demanded so much money that deep-pocketed Standard Oil had to pay him in installments.

Following closely

Matthew Spalding is the associate vice president and dean of educational programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C., where he is the Allan P. Kirby Jr. Chair in Constitutional Studies.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

The Taxman Endureth

‘Completely unworkable,” “irresponsible,” “happy talk,” “a disservice to the political process.” That’s just a sampling of what tax experts, most of them right of center, told me they think of ...
Politics & Policy

The Anti-Scold

The renegade British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been fired from his wildly popular automotive show, Top Gear, and his fans are not happy. A petition, hosted by Change.org, attracted ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Majoring in Anthro

Not long ago, Eric Owens of the Daily Caller wrote an article about the latest antics of the American Anthropological Association. (They were threatening to boycott Israel.) He described anthropology ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Upper Crust

After more than two centuries as one of New York’s founding clans, the Roosevelts discovered that their family tree had so many branches that a woman could marry within the ...
Politics & Policy

On the Couch

Theodore Dalrymple begins this anti-psychology polemic with a quote from the great 17th-century memoirist François de La Rochefoucauld: “In the misfortunes of our friends, there is something not entirely unpleasing.” ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Mr. Republican’s Military In “Conservatarianism” (March 23), Charles C. W. Cooke characterizes “the Right’s traditional approach to defense” as being based on the “sober recognition that the global order requires a ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ The Left predicted that Jon Stewart’s succession by a biracial foreigner would be greeted with hate and fear from paranoid, partisan zealots. And they were right. ‐ Clean as a ...
The Long View

Announcing the 2017 MSNBC Schedule!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Announcing the 2017 MSNBC Schedule! Chelsea Clinton, president and CEO of MSNBC, the nation’s leading progressive Web- and mobile-based news and information network, announced a new lineup this afternoon. “This ...
Athwart

Persian Doormat

If the president wanted to give Iran nuclear weapons, how would he act differently? It’s a silly question. An executive order, obviously. No, these talks have been an attempt to ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

THE MOVEMENT ‘HE SHALL FEED HIS FLOCK’ FROM THE MESSIAH You bought me rest from wind and hail. I lay my head on the balcony rail. Crickets are seething all around. I lay my ...

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