Other times, I think he is so right. Case in point is Thursday's column about rampant skepticism and contempt and dysfunction in modern society. He quotes the British writer Phillip Blond who wrote:
"We are a bi-polar nation, a bureaucratic, centralised state that presides dysfunctionally over an increasingly fragmented, disempowered and isolated citizenry."Maybe it isn't quite that bad, but his ideas for reform sound like good ones:
- passing zoning legislation to give small shopkeepers a shot against the retail giants
- reducing barriers to entry for new businesses
- revitalizing local banks
- encouraging employee share ownership
- setting up local capital funds so community associations could invest in local enterprises
- rewarding savings
- cutting regulations that socialize risk and privatize profit
- reducing the subsidies that flow from big government and big business.
- reduce the power of senior government officials and widen the discretion of front-line civil servants
- decentralize power, giving more budget authority to the smallest units of government
- funnel more services through charities
- increase investments in infrastructure, so that more places could be vibrant economic hubs.
- rebuild the “village college” so that universities would be more intertwined with the towns around them.