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Executive Government and Bankrupt Government

was the topic of Chris DeMuth’s keynote address at the Transatlantic Law Forum a few weeks ago. The gist of it:

Executive government and over-indebted government have arisen simultaneously as a result of affluence and technological mastery.  Although wonderful in themselves, these developments have transformed our politics and government (along with much else) in surprising ways, and we have yet to assimilate them to the proper conduct of public affairs. 

The illustrious audience went “wow,” and the text reads even better: there’s a thought worth pondering in every paragraph. E.g., Chris’s remedy is to re-empower Congress and to parochialize our politics—that, from the man who ran OIRA under the Reagan administration. And I take my former boss’s gentle reproach: I’m with your program, Greve, but at the end of the day it’s Mickey Mouse.

Chris DeMuth may be right or wrong, but he has thought more earnestly about our institutions than any of us. He has opened a way to think seriously about constitutional government. The angels listened in. So, frankly, should you.

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on April 05, 2013 at 17:53:12 pm

Having read the entire text of Mr. Demuth's address, there is a particular point to be noted:

We no longer select "representatives" for the legislative processes, we now select "managers" who in turn delegate to others the management of human affairs.

Thus, it is not simply a question of the representation of interests rather than principles. It is the issue of abandonment of representation.

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