The Rise of the Administrative State

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  • 05/02/2012
Bob Moffitt,  The Heritage Foundation’s senior fellow in domestic and economic policy studies gave a lecture to members of Congress recently.  It addresses the historical and cultural impulse that has turned government into a mechanism for producing equality of results instead of a system the that increases opportunity by advancing liberty.   

At a time when more government agencies have been created to regulate and redistribute economy activity, with a focus on finance,  energy production and of course health care, it is useful to reflect upon how this fundamental shift in power and direction will shape our future.   Most important in my mind is the way in which the administrative state is being used to create ideological no-fly zones for those who disagree or challenge the guiding principles of the agency and the professional experts who feed off it.  

Bob Moffitt's lecture is an important contribution to this discourse.    Harry Truman noted" Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”   Keep Truman's warning in mind as you read Moffitt's lecture.

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