The road to tyranny is paved by experts, by I am Spartacus.
Spartacus does not like the whole left-right construct, but sometimes it does provide an appropriate framework for illumination. And this is one of those opportunities. At its simplest:
- those of the progressive left like to design political and economic systems with the view that the wisest, most intelligent and benevolent will wind up in charge; whereas
- those of the conservative right like to design political and economic systems with the view that the nastiest, cruelest and most unpleasant will wind up in charge.
Using history as a guide, it is usually the nastiest, cruelest and most unpleasant that have taken advantage of systems designed for the wisest, most intelligent and benevolent. You know like Hitler in Germany, Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Chavez and Maduro in Venezuela and Lenin and Stalin in the USSR. …
The values of our political overlords are more important than their stated policies, because when the rubber hits the road, values trump every time:
- If a politician’s values are me, me, me and do whatever it takes, citizens should not be surprised when they are thrown under a policy bus to protect said politician.
- If a politician’s values are I must be liked at all costs, then don’t be surprised when nothing is ever done or achieved lest someone, some obscure constituency, be possibly adversely impacted.