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H1N1. When Big Shots Jump the Queue

By , contributor
I once attended an international conference where a Latin American delegate asked a staff member of a prominent American Jewish organization whether her association enjoyed democratic governance. She rightly replied that her own and most other such groups were governed not through elections but by self perpetuating “makcherocracys” (a makcher in Yiddish is an influential person or ‘big deal’). 

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