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Plunkett of Tammany Hall. Chapter 1. Honest Graft and Dishonest Graft. Some young men think they can learn how to be successful in politics from books, and they cram their heads with all sorts of college rot.

Plunkett of Tammany Hall. EVERYBODY is talkin’ these days about Tammany men growin’ rich on graft, but nobody thinks of drawin’ the distinction between honest graft and dishonest graft. They couldn’t make a bigger mistake. Now, understand me I ain’t sayin’ nothin’ against colleges. I guess they’ll have to exist as long as there’s book-worms, and I suppose they do some good in a certain way, but they don’t count in politics.

George Washington Plunkitt (November 17, 1842 – November 19, 1924) was an American politician from New York State. He served in both houses of the New York State Legislature and was a member of the Tammany Hall political machine in New York City

George Washington Plunkitt (November 17, 1842 – November 19, 1924) was an American politician from New York State. He served in both houses of the New York State Legislature and was a member of the Tammany Hall political machine in New York City. He was born on November 17, 1842 in Manhattan, New York City. He served in the New York State Assembly (New York C. 17th . between 1869 to 1873.

George Washington Plunkitt (1842 – 1924) was a long-time State Senator from the . state of New York, representing the Fifteenth Senate District, who was especially powerful in New York City. part of what is known as New York's Tammany Hall machine. Plunkitt became wealthy by practicing what he called "honest graft" in politics. In one of his speeches, quoted in Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, he describes the difference between dishonest and honest graft: for dishonest graft one worked solely for one's own interests, while for honest graft one pursued the interests of one's party, one's state, and one's personal interests all together.

Tammany Hall came to symbolize: government ineptitude. Look up a man by the name of George Washington Plunkett. See the book "Plunkett of Tammany Hall" listed below. fiscal responsibility. political corruption. civil rights Look up a man by the name of George Washington Plunkett. This man was a ward boss in New York at the time and also served in the New York State Legislature. He also told stories to a newspaper reporter and anybody else who would listen about all the good that the ward system did and exactly how it worked. I believe you will get a kick out of what he said about honest graft and dishonest graft.

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Plunkitt of Tammany Hall book. Quick and hilarious reading, Plunkett's plain talks give more insight to American politics than any objective histories I've yet come across. This book is the collected wisdom of .  . It's a great period piece and, given the eternal nature of political turmoil, will probably be relevant for centuries to come.

George Washington Plunkitt (November 17, 1842 – November 19, 1924) was an American politician from New York. He served in both Houses of the State Legislature, and was as a member of the Tammany Hall machine in New York City. He was born on November 17, 1842. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York C. in 1869 and 1870. He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1884 to 1887 (11th ., in 1892 and 1893 (11th ., and from 1899 to 1904 (17th . ; sitting in the 107th, 108th, 109th, 110th, 115th, 116th, 122nd, 123rd, 124th, 125th, 126th.

Plunkitt of Tammany Hall. Filed Under: Essays Tagged With: Politics . An excerpt that defines the confident and political leader: George Washington Plunkitt. As a brilliant and successful businessman Plunkitt managed to use his method of machine politics to win the heart and commitment of people and political power. In novel, Plunkitt defends the political machine by explaining the difference between honest graft and dishonest graft.

Title: Plunkitt of Tammany Hall. Author: George Washington Plunkitt. I guess they'll have to exist as long as there's book-worms, and I suppose they do some good in a certain way, but they don't count in politics. Release Date: December 29, 2008 Last Updated: February 7, 2013. Chapter 2. How to Become a Statesman. In fact, a young man who has gone through the college course is handicapped at the outset. He may succeed in politics, but the chances are 100 to 1 against him.

Tammany Hall was one of the most colorful political machines in U S history and George Washington Plunkitt was in the thick of it. George Plunkitt was an early 20th century New York politician. Plunkitt was a powerful State Senator. He was a wealthy man earning his wealth from what he termed "honest graft". He was a member of Tammany Hall and believed in the patronage system and using power for personal gain. Plunkitt described honest graft as buying land that he knew would be needed someday for a pubic use and then selling it at an inflated price. Dishonest graft would be buying land and then using his influence to have a project built on it. This series of talks by an extremely interesting politician is a wonderful glimpse into the famous Tammany Hall.

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There is a long tradition of American politicians using their offices to barter power and influence and to enrich themselves. I know what you’re thinking—I am about to launch into a tirade about Donald Trump. No, actually, he is by no means the most famous such politician. He isn’t the most famous such New York politician. For who can possibly beat Tammany Hall?

Tammany Hall is shorthand for the political machine that controlled New York democratic politics for 150 years. Ed Koch is the man most often credited with ending their mafia-like reign in 1960. You have probably heard of how Tammany Hall stole elections, intimidated political antagonists and shook down businessmen. You have probably read about the Boss Tweed’s antipathy to African-Americans, Hispanics and Jews. (Indeed, it is this antipathy that may at least partially explain Trump’s own discrimination against those same groups—he was a New York contractor after all.)
But Tammany Hall survived for as long as it did not because it hated people but because it provided for them. If you gave Tammany your vote, you could count on social services and a job at a time when the poor had no services and there was no unemployment insurance or a safety net. Tammany Hall provided that safety net in exchange for your vote.

And in a series of frank and disarmingly charming, informal lectures of sorts, Plunkitt revels in this corruption. Plunkitt may or may not be book-educated (in any event, he takes a dim view of people who are) but he does understand people very well. He understands that when you ostentatiously help someone when they’re in a poor way indeed they will remember you at the polls. That (he explains) is why it’s so important to chase fire engines and ambulances. And it’s important to be there when people celebrate life events: from weddings to funerals. That too will get you a vote.

And sure, Plunkitt made money off the deal and he provided jobs for his friends (why would he provide jobs for people who were political ingrates?). But as he saw it, there was nothing wrong with that. After all, his business was politics and, since people depended on him doing well in his business (and he did; he did quite well) and people rely on him doing well for their livelihoods, the people’s interests and his interests coincide. What is wrong with that, he repeatedly asks in his disarming and funny way?

The fact that Tammany Hall lasted for 150 years and that we have now elected Trump (who asks that exact same question often in exact same words Plunkitt uses) indicates that we have yet to come up with a good answer to that question.

Are you OK with political corruption if you get something out of it too?
Forget about political theory, right- or left-wing approaches, grandiose philosophies, demographics, and so on.

If you want to know how to get yourself elected to public office, maintain that office, get re-elected, and expand your power base, "Plunkitt of Tammany Hall" is THE book to read. Regardless of the century.

Mr. Plunkitt was a Tammany politician, State Senator, and holder of a number of critical posts in the Tammany organization during the late 19th century. He grew rich on deals, brokered issues, and was a walking example of an organization (machine) politician of the day. He gave a bunch of speeches from his rostrum, the New York County bootblack stand, on how Tammany and politicians should and did operate, and everything he says (except maybe about excise and "blockades on the elevated roads") is still true today.

He told his Boswell, a reporter named William Riordan, the following:

Study human nature and act accordingly.
Reach out to all elements in your district.
You cannot succeed simply through degrees and book-learning -- you have to understand people.
The most important commodity in politics is being able to deliver votes for the organization. The more you can command, the better.
Reciprocity is critical in patronage.
Do not violate the penal code -- that's how organization politicians get in trouble.
See your opportunities and take them.
Do not wear a dress suit when dealing with residents in the district.
Provide services for your constituents or outlets for their abilities.
Display patriotism at all times.
"Reformers are only morning glories."
Support the organization at all times.
Ensure that your supporters turn out to vote.

Everything that Senator Plunkitt said in 1886 is still absolutely true today.

If you want to understand politics in America, or make a career of it, read this book, cover to cover, front to back, keep it on your desk, refer to it, read it again, and do what it tells you.
Awesome book with an insider's prospective on machine politics. It reads like a series of how-to essays that let you know what it takes to be a political boss. Of course most of the stuff in the book is now illegal. As a bonus, it is very short and quick to read. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in history, politics, or local government.
This is not to review the work "Plunkitt Of Tammany Hall" by William L. Riordon, but this particular edition.

First of all, this work has no editor or publisher listed, which is very strange. It has (very) numerous typos and stylistic errors (e.g. four instances where a line or two was continued unnecessarily on to a new page). But most disturbing of all (besides the fact that an "author/editor" - not Riordon - is listed above in the Amazon listing, but nowhere in the book) is that at the very end of the book, on the last page facing the inside cover, is a barcode, and the following: "Made In The USA; Lexington, KY; 13 April 2012." Mind you: I *ORDERED* this book late on 12 April 2012. You may imagine my total confusion at this point.

Did they receive my order and print this book the next day?

I was dubious at first, but I'm beginning to think they did!

For $5.99, next time I'll order ten! They should just READ the text before they print it, for goodness sake. Periods and commas are easy things to get right!
A Tammeny Hall ward boss of a bygone era speaks with a bluntness that people crave in politicians today. He is open about his involvement in what he calls "honest graft," in contrast to the high-sounding but even more corrupt politicians of today. His words also have a subtle humor and cleverness that make this book entertaining as well as informative.
Plunkitt of Tammany Hall download epub
Author: George Washington Plunkitt
ISBN: 1605975001
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Book Jungle (April 18, 2008)
Pages: 88 pages