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.
Some good history and some good thinking about the modern (and ancient) administrative state with its extra-legal powers. I have no doubt that the founders hoped to prevent a Versailles-like giant central bureaucracy, but they failed at that. Why? They wrote all they could to prevent it.
Not to be contrary, Jim, but do you have any links, or factual data to support your assertion. As Harvard, maybe the first university though much disputed, that title, started in the early 1600's. And taught much more than Bible reading. If you are speaking of the very early Pilgrims, that may be the case, but it only took a decade or less for our early ancestors to sort that out, that broader knowledge was necessary, for survival.
Interesting how he traces the administrative power back to Prussia. Now, this is where our public conditioning (education) system come from.
Reading MacFarlane's 'The Invention of the Modern World', I was just considering how when we get down to it, we can see that America has deviated from the English traditions that invented the modern world and really have taken on the more backward Continental, even Prussian, scheme. True, like the increasingly more of the world, we have adopted the modern world ideas developed in England but we see this constant drag back toward the pre-modern world institutions and habits.
The administrative state is a inclining slope that is making it harder for the US to remain modern. This is a desire by the DemProgs who seek to impose their ideologies on the political, economic, and society. They seek to impose a caste system in the US where differing groups have differing legal protections, accountabilities and adjudications.
We should also note that the administrative state is seeking to impose itself on the operation of the university.
Interesting podcast. Thanks for posting about it. I work for a financial institution, and we have seen a significant increase in the administrative state since 2008. It's interesting to learn some of the historical context around this issue of power, going back to 1215.