Friday, February 27, 2009
I met Fast Eddie over a third of a century ago. He's a very bright guy, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School who met with about a dozen mostly undergraduate students one day in a lounge in Ida Noyes Hall. Mr Vrdolyak told us he was raised in an apartment over a mexican brothel in Chicago's far South Side. He talked about Thukydides and how a one party Democracy could work. He explained how the introduction of modern wage expectations and unionism had broken the link between the voting taxpayers and the local political party that had made the old machine work efficiently.