Salena Zito travels to Lake Geneva for a conversation with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
Ryan believes the country may be in the middle of a 100-year correction against 20th century progressivism, which could transfer power from a one-size-fits-all federal government back to individual people in states and localities.

"I think it is really important to get local civil society and local communities with the power to innovate problem-solving," he says.

In the late 20th century, says Ryan, the left, the progressive movement, thought big government was beautiful government. "If you could consolidate power in Washington, it is more efficient," he said of left-wing thinking, "If you could send decisions to a centralized authority, we could be more efficient and more effective."

Yet this wound up stunting innovation, he says. "It dumbed-down communities. It treated everybody the same. We went to a low common denominator, and we disrupted the ability for innovation to take place."

So, to him, progressive consolidation of power dismembered civil society, local control and innovation.

"I think what we are seeing is a returning trend to reinvigorating that," he says, calling it a healthy change.
One-size-fits-all might have dumbed everything down, or it might have entangled all the creativity in process-worship and the kind of straining at gnats that anyone who has ever sat through a faculty senate meeting will appreciate.  (The language at the faculty senate tends to use bigger words and smaller gnats than the kind of nit-picking of your Sunday public affairs show, and fewer "at the end of the day" filler, but the end lack of results is the same.)

The full article is worth your attention, considering a number of ways in which Governance by Wise Experts fails to live up to the promises.

No comments: