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Central Planning Elitism Leads to Rule by the Corrupt or the Incompetent



(p. A23) . . . the underlying faith of the Green New Deal is a faith in the guiding wisdom of the political elite. The authors of the Green New Deal assume that technocratic planners can master the movements of 328 million Americans and design a transportation system so that "air travel stops becoming necessary." (This is from people who couldn't even organize the successful release of their own background document.)

They assume that congressional leaders have the ability to direct what in effect would be gigantic energy firms and gigantic investment houses without giving sweetheart deals to vested interests, without getting corrupted by this newfound power, without letting the whole thing get swallowed up by incompetence. (This is a Congress that can't pass a budget.)


. . .


The impulse to create a highly centralized superstate recurs throughout American history. There were people writing such grand master plans in the 1880s, the 1910s, the 1930s. They never work out. As Richard Weaver once put it, the problem with the next generation is that it hasn't read the minutes of the last meeting.



For the full commentary, see:

Brooks, David. "How the Left Embraced Elitism; The progressives' Green New Deal centralizes power." The New York Times (Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019): A23.

(Note: ellipses added.)

(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date Feb. 11, 2019.)






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