Money Politics By Donavan Dossey


Money Politics By Donavan Dossey

Money Politics

Money Politics is an intriguing book by award winning author Larry Dossey. The theme he focuses on in this political action/ biography is an interesting one, “How power corrupts.” Money Politics looks at how leaders use their power to secure themselves through various means, many of which are not very ethical or moral. Dossey does not shill for either party but rather lays out his views and reasoning in a clear and concise manner. After reading Money Politics, one can develop a much more intelligent view on how leaders and parties gain and lose their way in politics.

The first part of the book covers how power corrupts. The importance of integrity and truth in public life becomes clearer when examining how politicians handle the revolving door of power. The first chapter details the history of the “clerosis of American civic life.” The demise of the idealism of the American people throughout history has been the result of the power of money. Political corruption is the misuse of political influence by powerful political contacts or government officials for personal gain.

The second half of the book charts the gradual deterioration of our political system until we reach a crisis level. We reach such a crisis when leaders of both parties, along with special interest groups representing wealth from special interest groups hijack the process of governance to their own benefit. Money politics then becomes a system of legalized bribery where politicians curry favor with specific political clients to secure their election results, keep their seats, and maintain their party.

Money Politics covers a lot of ground in a short volume, in just over eighty pages. The first forty-eight pages cover the history of corruption and how it came to be. Then we get to the meat of the book as it pertains to today’s political system and how to combat it. Dossey spends most of the book discussing the role of lobbyists and special interest groups in influencing legislation. He also goes into the internal politics of Congress and how his research revealed many lies and corruption within the legislative branch.

The main story line is how elected officials are influenced by the wealthy to pass laws favoring only the wealthy. The remainder of the book details how lobbyists convince politicians to support international terrorists, support wars that have nothing to do with America’s interests, and push for environmental protection that benefits only large corporations. While these topics may be news to many Americans, they are well understood by those who know insider secrets about how Washington works. As previously mentioned, Dossey’s book serves as a history lesson. While he does not offer new ideas, he does illustrate how the way we used to govern has changed due to influence of money and special interest groups. While at times exciting and thought-provoking, Money Politics is an interesting glimpse into how our elected representatives and those in office decide what laws should be passed and how they benefit from it.

In addition to examining how our elected leaders make their decisions, the book also examines what our political system is doing to promote corruption instead of reducing it. Many of our elected officials are just flat out ignorant of how corrupt and incompetent our government is. They spend most of their time fundraising instead of working on projects that help the country. The reality of this is that without fundraising efforts, the politicians would have no money to do what they do. By offering an examination of how our system works and offering useful tips about how we can improve our political system, Dossey has effectively tied in a number of different themes and discussed several different issues.

By tying a number of different themes together, Dossey provides enough information about our political system to make the reader interested in learning more. He also includes some good visuals to add some color to the book and illustrate some points. The book review also has some good material to help you get to the bottom of the matter and how to deal with corruption in our government. As is typical of a good book review, my review also includes a number of my thoughts about the book as well, but I won’t spend too much time on it since the review is rather brief.

Overall, Money Politics is a very interesting and engaging read. It provides enough background to explain what the current state of our political system is and how it came to be. There is also a good visual presentation of political campaigns and other types of politics, but I don’t think that it covers as many interesting topics as the book review would suggest. Overall, I think that the book is good and would provide some basic information that anyone interested in public service should read.


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