Dear Commons Community,
Ross Douthat has a rather provocative column today in the NY Times entitled, The Great Consolidation. It comments on how many of the major failings we have experienced (economy, environment, national security) has resulted in greater concentrations of power in the government and other large organizations. His conclusion is: “This is the perverse logic of meritocracy. Once a system grows sufficiently complex, it doesn’t matter how badly our best and brightest foul things up. Every crisis increases their authority, because they seem to be the only ones who understand the system well enough to fix it”.
A NY Times article on the above is available at: