33 seconds ago, blowdart wrote
No, it's just one that fitted your original viewpoint. Cornyism (for heaven's sake, use the right term) is rife in politics - it's a natural by-product of a party system. And no-where is it more evident that the US, with it's limitation of two parties. I go back once again to the Kennedy and Bush families. Two families where people are groomed into politics simple because of family connections and nothing to do with any sort of competence.
And smaller government doesn't really help magically address it IMO. Smallest government of all? Dictatorship, and well, cronyism is, of course, there.
Nepotism includes friends, not just family. Cronyism is more along the lines of political factions, not personal relationships. You get the terms straight.
Nepotism means appointed by family and friends. The USA has elections, there is not appointing by those in the elected positions.
FYI, Jeb Bush is in Florida and is continually thwarted by the Republican Party from being a Presidential candidate, due to his personality and lack of capability. So there is an example where you are wrong. Can you count how many Kennedy's have been pressured by the Democratic Party to run for office? Many more than ever did. It is not a parent handing the mantle to offspring, so it is not nepotism at all. You keep pointing to political families as nepotistic in the USA, but that argument is wrong on two fronts I point out right here. You're wrong.
Although you can cast 'cronyism' upon these political families, I've already pointed out that there are few here willing to endure the debacle of public service, especially the Presidency. John Kerry and Mitt Romney are examples of narcissistic rich guys acting pompous and being rejected, but that big ego is nearly a requirement for the hard work and personal attacks doled out to sitting Presidents. Don't ask me to do it.
Smaller government doesn't help at all. Reduce a white wine sauce and its simply more concentrated. "Smaller government" is conservative vomit.
My question is not about cronyism but about nepotism, where nepotism means 'personal relationship' with the appointee by the appointer. Cronyism is not the topic for me.
When I went to Russia I experienced culture shock, in 1994. I am very curious about Spain and Italy and Greece and how they have mucked up so very thoroughly compared to UK and DE. Government corruptions.