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New York’s civil service system in need of reform

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Affluence projects power and authority. Having wealth gives the holder the ability to exact loyalty from others in exchange for a share of that wealth. This is patronage, a practice that seems more compatible with feudalism than with a self-governing democracy. Political officeholders — though not “owning” wealth per se — nonetheless gain significant control over sizeable resources. They can reward supporters with government jobs and secure loyalty through their ability to hire and fire ...

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