OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 :::

Mediocrity Isn't the Problem

In his TCS column, Arnold Kling argues that the problem with government isn't that it's infested with mediocrities, but that those mediocrities have too much power:

The libertarian view is that private institutions, both for-profit and non-profit, are better at problem-solving than government institutions. Regardless of whether political leadership is wise or mediocre, our goal should be to limit the damage that public officials can do. Do not demand that they "solve" health care, "fix" education, or launch a "Manhattan project" for energy independence. Even for experts, those are impossible tasks. The harder we press our existing leaders to address these issues, the more trouble they are going to cause.

The belief that the problem with government is the particular individuals in power is dangerous. The myth is that somewhere out there we could find great leaders who could use government to solve all of our problems. Instead, we need to be vigilant against the enlargement of government, by either mediocre or expert leaders.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 10/24/2006 0 comments


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