From Ambrose Bierce’s timeless classic, The Devil’s Dictionary.
n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.Ambrose Bierce (1993). The Devil’s Dictionary. Dover Thrift Editions. Dover Publications, Inc. Originally published as Volume VII of The collected works of Ambrose Bierce (1911), by the Neale Publishing Company, New York.