Reaction Paper #1
Even though political machines are outdated the effects continue to carry on. Within the cities of Richmond and Chicago the form of municipal government played a role into the presence of political machines, however it isn’t quite as simple as that. The corruption that accompanies political machines sets up cities to integrate dishonesty and criminal activity in the organization of the community. This leads to a few actually feeling represented and many without a voice. The importance of voting decreases significantly and the changes present are only those that the political machine leaders approve of. Today we are still seeing the impacts of the machines, whether we choose to acknowledge them or not.