"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Ford Foundation on Steroids

Brilliant stuff from Dan Henninger in today's WSJ:

It has become difficult to escape the conclusion that at bottom Mr. Obama is a familiar figure in American public life: an upper-middle-class political Brahmin bent on forcing the masses to participate in his understanding of what is good. The Obama administration is the Ford Foundation on steroids.

Just so.   This is the true conflict in 21st Century America -- between the elites who run the administrative state and who claim to know what's best by virtue of their pedigrees (Ivy League, silk-stocking law firms, non-profits, think tanks, foundations) and the rest of us who work in the real economy.   It ought to be no contest, since the productivity of the private sector continues to rise, and examples of the incompetence of government continue to proliferate.   But it isn't.   Why?   Because the administrative state continues to have the support system of Big Media, Big Education, Big Entertainment defining the ideological terms of debate to favor Big Government and liberalism.  

The Emperor has no clothes, but we are told so often that he's clothed in righteousness that we stop believing our own eyes.

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