We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Niall Ferguson: Tocqueville saw a nation of individuals who were defiant of authority. Today? Welcome to Planet Government:
Tocqueville would not recognize America today. Indeed, so completely has associational life collapsed, and so enormously has the state grown, that he would be forced to conclude that, at some point between 1833 and 2013, France must have conquered the United States.
The Great British historian, Lord Macaulay, predicted the future unraveling of the United States economy in a letter written in May 1857. Macaulay’s prediction was based on his analysis of American institutions. Discussing the life of Thomas Jefferson with an American author, Macaulay wrote, “You are surprised to learn that I have not a high opinion of Mr. Jefferson, and I am surprised at your surprise. I am certain that I never wrote a line, and … uttered a word indicating an opinion that the supreme authority in a state ought to be entrusted to the majority of citizens [counted] by the head; in other words, to the poorest and most ignorant part of society.”
opens another great Nyquist, on the same topic as NJ's post: How to savvy where the heck we're going here --
He brings in CG Jung nicely --as a way of explaining why our reach exceeds our grasp, in the prosperous institution-building times, and why we don't know it until scarcity sets in --the worst time to redesign society. That's our fatal paradox, he says, and Mr. Jung explains why the only way out of it is thru the individual decision to do what is right. Government cannot do it, nature thwarts.
Mr. Ferguson's commentary was excellent. It is short, to the point and telling. I suspect that many of Maggie's Farm's folks will enjoy Mr. Ferguson's comments.
That having been said, here is a warning: After reading Mr. Ferguson's essay, you will likely meander down about the web page and discover that you too can learn which are "The Five Happiest Countries". I did.
Alas, what has happened to our beloved WSJ?
Watch Mr. Jelter's report on the OECD survey. Then, actually go out to the OECD web site and read the survey (http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/). The differences are appalling. I suspect that Mr. Jelter ( or his staff which possibly hates him) may have used the "do it yourself" option and conjured the tables from which he reports.
Apparently MarketWatch is now a bureau of the Ministry of Truth. How sad.