December 31, 2017

Review Corner

Justice William Brennan was absolutely correct when he remarked in 1986 that the Constitution belongs to "a world dead and dead gone." The day of Constitutionalism is over. Or, at least, old-fashioned, original intent Constitutionalism. Today is the day of the bureaucrat. The government administrator. The regulator. Today is your day,

You have important work to do. You will guide citizens as they live their lives. You will protect them from dangers seen and unseen. You will make sure they get the best deals for their dollars and that the products they buy are safe, sound, and environmentally friendly. And you'll make sure that no one's feelings are hurt when they walk into any business, even before they buy something.


The only bad thing I can say about Save the Swamp: Career Guidebook for Budding Bureaucrats by Thomas Krannawitter is that it was eclipsed by his live presentation to Liberty on the Rocks -- Flatirons last month. Dr. Krannawitter hopes to ridicule the Administrative State into submission. It's a tall task and I am deeply skeptical -- but I must admit it to be easier to get somebody to read "Save the Swamp" than Mises's "Liberalism."

Many of the things I hold dear have been eroded by the steady drip, drip, drip emanating from Bill Maher and Jon Stewart. Dr. K is as funny as either. And his "handbook for the budding bureaucrat" hits awfully close to home:

Here it becomes important that you never forget the calling that led you to a career in government. You should never forget that you do not trust citizens, mainly because they don't deserve to be trusted. You know citizens will hurt each other, steal from each other, and rip each other off any chance they get. And the most vulnerable among U.S are the poor, who tend to be the least educated (despite the bureaucrat-conceived, government-administered, and government-monitored, single-payer, universal education system now available to all Americans).

A chapter and keep insight is "Results Don't Matter." Once his budding students accept that, a happy career is ensured.

I fear the author might underestimate the institutional biases against him. Stewart got laughs by telling people what they wanted to hear and appealed to snobbery of thinking what was already accepted. But it is a well crafted, amusing read with much truth embedded between the laughs. I've no doubt every ThreeSourcer would dig it. Five stars.

Review Corner Posted by John Kranz at December 31, 2017 11:32 AM
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