Slug: the-purpose-of-government Date: 2004-12-16 Title: The Purpose Of Government layout: post

Le Sabot Post-Moderne - Yanukovych – Left, Right or Nowhere?:

>"Politico-economic tribalism captures the clan-based spoils system of Ukraine. When you hear about the oligarchs, you're probably imagining a few marquee names like Pinchuk or Akhmetov. But the system is more complex than that. For example, Kuchma's group, the Dnepropetrovsk Clan, contains about 200 businessmen. The purpose of government is to bring home spoils for your tribe, through legislation, subsidies, and sweetheart privatization deals."

[Emphasis mine]

Hm. Could almost be written about our own government.