Nepotism in Our Society Essay

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Nepotism is a delicate issue. How can parents not use all of their resources to insure that their children will succeed? Is giving your relative a head start a scandalous violation of our society's conventions? Isn't blood thicker than water (or money)? On the other hand, don't we belong to a free country that gives everybody an equal opportunity? Do you wish to be passed over for a promotion by the unqualified niece of your boss' company? Does relation outweigh merit? Nepotism is a universal trait of living things, and used with ethics it can lead to success for generations, but used improperly, it has the capability to lead to corruption.

Nepotism, a practice that has existed as long as mankind, permeates our society, from business
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From the medieval popes, to most politicians of today, nepotism is everywhere. Current US President George W. Bush is an obvious example of a son getting ahead through the connections, and contributions of his father. From the Harvard education to the political contacts (Vice President Dick Cheney), George W. has prospered because of his father's aid. Other political father-son tandems are not uncommon, consider father and son Ernest and Preston Manning, Paul and Paul Martin respectively. Nepotistic rulers are even more common in other parts of the world. Eighty percent of African countries (approximately) are ruled by a family tribe. Saudi Arabia which has been ruled by the Al-Saud clan for decades, has family members filling nearly every important government job country wide, including defense, aviation, oil minister, and governors. A study by the Royal Economic Society's Annual Conference (UK), found that 10% of the University graduating classes of '85 and '90 were doing the same job as their father in '96. The percentage is higher with farmers (35%), health workers (20%), and entrepreneurs (20-30%). Nepotism is a way of life throughout the world because many businesses are most successful when passed down through generations. Hotels, restaurants, newsstands, dry cleaners, and grocery stores, are commonly passed

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