“Detroit and the Special Interest State”

Detroit and the Special Interest State is up on RealClearPolicy. Its thesis is that:

[T]he real fear [triggered by Detroit] that is and should be on the collective American mind: that the interest-group capture and despoliation of Detroit has evil implications for the viability of American democracy as a whole, not just in a few cities, and that we are on the edge of serious, and perhaps even violent, upheaval.

The conclusion:

My view is that the future of democracy rides on the Tea Party, a most unusual mass movement devoted to good government rather than any particular interest, and on such principled political figures as Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Alan West, Nikki Haley, Tom Coburn, Bobby Jindal, Tim Scott, and some others who are coming up through the political farm-team system.

They are the ones who must persuade their own party that we are in a crisis that must be confronted. Only then can the Republicans, or a new party, succeed in the business of convincing the electorate as a whole that the special-interest state is unsustainable and that the future of democracy depends upon the reinstatement of what was once called civic virtue, which consists of a sober sense of restraint on what we ask of government in return for similar restraint on the part of others.

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Author: "Ending 'Big SIS' (The Special Interest State) and Renewing the American Republic" (2012) [www.SpecialInterestState.org] and "Property Matters--How Property Rights Are Under Assault and Why You Should Care" (1997). Some former jobs: Assistant Director of Consumer Protection in FTC; member of the Program Analysis Staff of the US Bureau of the Budget; Research Director of the Administrative Conference of the United States; Director of IPCentral at the Progress & Freedom Foundation; VP & GC of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest. Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, former Book Review Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

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