TO REDUCE THE RENT-SEEKING, REDUCE THE RENT-GENERATING.
It doesn't hurt to repeat the message, this time by Steven Greenhut in Reason. "Maybe we can all embrace a reform idea that would actually work: reducing the size and power of government. Sadly, that is the one idea that will frighten the kind of politicians and activists who support campaign-finance reform." Yes, because the kind of politician or good-government type who thinks campaign finance reform will end corruption likely believes in unicorns. "Get away from the Platonic world, and perhaps the most realistic view of taxing and spending might be: under carefully controlled circumstances, and as far from me as practicable." Mockable pretensions are stock-in-trade for good-government types. "Too much money in politics" without "too much reliance on government," q.e.d.