This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Public office or spoils of war?

In America there is no public office, at least not since Andrew Jackson set the precedent of treating office-holding as ‘spoils’, and to the victor go the spoils. This rejects the idea of public office as a responsible service and makes those who hold office the mighty victors of a conflict who now, by right, get to enjoy the benefits of their struggle, and it was always a private and partisan struggle.

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