What’s Wrong, and How to Fix It, Part 2: Political/Institutional
Published on: October 15, 2012
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  • Anthony

    Ideology: a conception of the greater good whereby opponents (non believers) are infinitely evil or utterly wrong (polar opposites). “An ideology can provide a satisfying narrative that explains chaotic events and collective misfortunes.”

    Reading What’s Wrong and How to Fix It infers social arrangements (political/institutional) reinforced by ideology and bureaucratic conformance; equally as one reads essay, amelioration comes via both ideas and people (citizens). The combination of both being antidote to recrudescence suggested by 1925 and 1965 reference. Further, Part 2 suggests that American renewal going forward requires jettisoning pluralistic ignorance to begin countenancing offered solutions as applicable tools for meeting the challenges in our land of promise – “Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.”

  • Jim.

    Wow… where to begin.

    This would be a more successful “balanced” article, if the TEA Party were presented from its own standpoint, rather than as a caricature created by the fevered wailings of the Leftist echo chamber.

    A longer post about that later. Some of us have to work for a living…

  • John Barker

    For years I have been I have been a wanderer in education land. Now I begin to understand why I have the sensation that I have been walking in circles for forty years. Please do continue these illuminating lessons.

  • Adam, the same insight (effective delegation of law making to the bureaucracy) explains the pervasive ‘regulatory capture’ we have observed over the last few decades. This is, of course, most pronounced in finance and insurance. Intimately connected is the influence of money in Washington. Thomas Ferguson’s ‘investment theory of party competition’ is becoming a more and more accurate predictor of US policy. This is scary.

    The dysfunction is starting to erode social capital and compromise the future prosperity of Americans. What is sorely needed is institutional reform, beginning with campaign finance and more stringent rules for K street. But it is nowhere close to being on the agenda.

    Depressing but great series. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Wayne Lusvardi

    Benito Mussolini could make government function. His boast is that he got the trains to run on time (which was a myth). I guess California could get its proposed mega billion dollar bullet train to run on time and that would be functional – but would it be needed?

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