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Is nepotism actually good?

Donald Trump has been criticized for stacking his administration with family members. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is in charge of bringing peace to the Middle East, fixing the opioid epidemic, and restructuring the government. Eric Trump says nepotism is "a beautiful thing," because it's about families building something together. Who else do you trust more than family? But critics say nepotism is a form of corruption and only blocks more deserving candidates from taking on important roles. What do you think?

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Eric Trump argued in an interview with the Telegraph that nepotism is "a beautiful thing." The way he sees it, there's no one you can trust, who you know will be more loyal, and embodies the same beliefs as you than your family. No one else but your family will go to the such great lengths to protect the family business, or execute on Donald Trump's policies. Not only do you gain loyalty and trust, but you also gain trusted advisors who are willing to speak up without fear of retribution. Family ties go both ways. 

“You trust the people who are closest to you. Who is he going to trust most to run a company? He is going to trust somebody who he trusts implicitly,” he says.
“He knows I care about the family. He knows I care about the brand. He knows I deeply care about the properties, our amazing teams. And he knows I’m going to do everything I can humanly possible to take care of that.

Critics say that line of argument is bullshit. Nepotism is an unsavory business practice and becomes a form of corruption when applied to government. It places people into a position where they may have to choose between nation and family. The anti-nepotism rules in government exist to specifically combat these situations. What's worse is that these positions are going to people who are valued for their loyalty over their expertise. 

But Ivanka Trump's new West Wing post doesn't only bring more financial conflicts of interest into the White House; because she's the president's daughter, it also makes them worse. The inherently compromising loyalty of family relationships and the necessity of genuine expertise in senior government roles are why federal law prohibits nepotism — and why that law explicitly applies to the president. Trump appeared to recognize this when he repeatedly reassured the public that his children would not have any role in the government.
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Is nepotism actually good?
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#SayNoToNepotism
#TrustTheFamily