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Progressives have always placed great faith in the ability of government technocrats to correct perceived social ills and do economic planning. This attitude inevitably leads them to drift into elitism. The naive Left, on the other hand, really don’t think much about how the government will do it, but both groups dream the impossible. That’s the general theme of the essay at the link, with more specific application to Obamacare. The opening paragraph is fun:

“They had a dream. For almost a hundred years now, the famed academic-artistic-and-punditry industrial complex has dreamed of a government run by their kind of people (i.e., nature’s noblemen), whose intelligence, wit, and refined sensibilities would bring us a heaven on earth. Their keen intellects would cut through the clutter as mere mortals’ couldn’t. They would lift up the wretched, oppressed by cruel forces. Above all, they would counter the greed of the merchants, the limited views of the business community, and the ignorance of the conformist and dim middle class.”

To quote Tyler Cowan, “The technocratic utopia is not on the menu.” Worse yet, by tilting ever-more government (and taxpayer) resources at windmills, leftist initiatives displace and discourage private activity, the real engine of economic growth. Prosperity tends to solve social ills quite effectively.

I confess that I’ve ceded too much La Mancha to the Left in this post. Perhaps the Libertarian Capitalist is better cast in the role of Don Quixote, and many of us are severe critics of subsidized wind power!