Amitai Etzioni, who is both brilliant and without question a much better social scientist than I, nonetheless leads a recent post on his weblog with this:

Much of the legislation in Washington goes to the highest bidder; those with deep pockets win most of the time.

Huh? He simply posits this with zero evidence. I expect this kind of assertion from undergraduates; not from respected scholars.

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  1. PoliBlogger says:

    It is a very commonly held perception, even amongst the well-educated.

    I don’t get it, as you know.