about the best

bethemasterofenglish

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Hello,

The following is from Financial Times.

"Richard Dowden, executive director of the Royal African Society, says the pull of the extended family is gravitational. Once one member of the clan lands a good job, of which a well-paid government position is about the best, it is almost impossible to resist the clamour of those demanding assistance. That is one reason tax revenue is so low in most of Africa. Why would people pay tax if much of the money is simply stolen or distributed to others, and provision of public goods is so inadequate?"

Then, what does the words "about the best" mean?
 
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    Once one member of the clan lands a good job, of which a well-paid government position is about the best (job that it is possible to land), ...
     
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