America today increasingly looks like the society that the political scientist Mancur Olson wrote about in his 1982 classic “The Rise and Decline of Nations.” He warned that when a country amasses too many highly focused special-interest lobbies — which have an inherent advantage over the broad majority, which is fixated on the well-being of the country as a whole — they can, like a multilimbed octopus, choke the life out of a political system, unless the majority truly mobilizes against them....
... “If we are to get out of our present paralysis, we need not only strong leadership, but changes in institutional rules,” argues Fukuyama. These would include eliminating senatorial holds and the filibuster for routine legislation and having budgets drawn up by a much smaller supercommittee of legislators — like those that handle military base closings — with “heavy technocratic input from a nonpartisan agency like the Congressional Budget Office,” insulated from interest-group pressures and put before Congress in a single, unamendable, up-or-down vote.THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WAY FOR FRIEDMAN TO AGITATE ONCE AGAIN FOR HIS "CHINA FOR A DAY" CRAP:
THAT'S HIS IDIOTIC IDEA THAT FACELESS BUREAUCRATS/TECHNOCRATS/APPARATCHIKS "fixated on the well-being of the country as a whole" SHOULD DECIDE WHAT'S BEST FOR EVERYONE ELSE.
I GOT NEWS FOR TOMMY: THERE IS NO "COUNTRY AS A WHOLE" DISTINCT FROM THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO COMPRISE IT - WHO ARE THE TRUE SOVEREIGN, WHO DULY CONSTITUTE THE LIMITED AND ENUMERATED POWERS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
THE PEOPLE DON'T INTERFERE WITH GOVERNMENT; PEOPLE COME FIRST.
FRIEDMAN HAS REVEALED - ONCE AGAIN - THE BASIC DEFECT IN LEFTIST THINKING AND THE LEFT'S BASIC IMMORALITY:
THEY WANT THE STATE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM, A STATE RUN BY BENEVOLENT TECHNOCRATS - A POLITBURO. BUT A STATE POWERFUL TO TAKE CARE OF YOU FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE IS A GOVERNMENT THAT CAN AND MUST CRUNCH INDIVIDUALITY - THAT'S AN IMMORAL THING TO ADVOCATE.
IT HAS NEVER WORKED. IT WILL NEVER WORK. IT'S THE ROAD TO SERFDOM.
ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS MESSY AND INEFFICIENT TO THE LEFTIST MIND, A FREE MARKET, (IN WHICH MILLIONS OF UNRELATED PEOPLE MAKE MILLIONS OF LITTLE AND WELL-INFORMED DECISIONS), IS ACTUALLY MUCH MORE EFFICIENT THAN A SMALL GROUP OF ANOINTED GENIUSES TRYING TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND PRODUCTS AND EXCHANGES - NO MATER HOW SMART OR HOW NICE THEY ARE.
MILTON FRIEDMAN PROVED THIS:
ADVICE TO LEFTISTS:
THINK OF THE FREE MARKET AS DISTRIBUTED INTELLIGENCE, (IN THE CASE OF THE USA) - AS 333 MILLION PC'S ALL HOOKED UP AND RUNNING IN PARALLEL, IN UNISON.
THE PROBLEMS OCCUR WHEN SMARTER-THAN-THOU LEFTIES LIKE FRIEDMAN INTERFERE WITH THAT INTERACTION.
ESPECIALLY SINCE WHEN ONLY A FEW HOLD POWER IT'S EASIER FOR THEM TO BE COMPROMISED BY SELF-INTEREST OR BY BRIBERY OR BY BLACKMAIL AND EXTORTION.
MAKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEAKER MAKES REDUCES THE ABILITY OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO BEN THE POWER OF THE STATE TO THEIR SPECIFIC NEEDS.
IOW: THE CURE IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT FRIEDMAN PROPOSES.
WE NEED LESS GOVERNMENT WITH MORE CHECKS AND BALANCES AND NOT A MORE POWERFUL GOVERNMENT RUN BY FEWER PEOPLE WHO AREN'T SUBJECT TO CHECKS AND BALANCES OF ELECTIONS OR ELECTED OFFICIALS.