Speaking of global warming, The Scrapbook could have used a little more of it this winter. Meanwhile we’ve been bundling up against the cold and curling up next to the fireplace with our favorite new book, Jay Cost’s A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption. If you read Jay’s essay in these pages two weeks ago, “Stop the Rot,” you’ll know that he has homed in on a critical issue that transcends the headlines: the deep corruption that is undermining our political system. As Jay writes in the book, “The institutions the Framers created were competent to handle responsibly the -powers they assigned them; Americans since then have added extra -powers under the false assumption that the same institutions could handle the extra load responsibly. But they -cannot, and so the government now -behaves irresponsibly. This produces corruption.”
The book not only tackles an issue of the utmost importance, it’s also a great read. As The Scrapbook’s boss put it in his weekly Kristol Clear newsletter:
One of the blurbs on the book jacket seems to me to put it well: “In explaining ‘corruption as a permanent, institutionalized feature of our government,’ Jay Cost has made a major contribution to American history and political science. His narrative is detailed and lively, accessible to citizens and scholars alike. And he makes a case for reform while suggesting its limits. A real tour de force.” Hey, I wrote that blurb! But it’s true.
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