“For at least a century, now, the progressives have been increasingly setting the terms of the political debate, influencing the direction and implementation of government policies, and managing the affairs of the citizenry. Out present is the future they wanted 100 years ago.”
“All around us are the fruits of their new freedom. Progressive education has undermined and in many cases prevented a functioning literacy level for many of the young. They have planned our cities and zoned our land, and through it created the urban blight and difficult city living conditions they complain about and try to blame the market for.”
“They have instituted a spider’s web of welfare-statist dependency programs that have produced a permanent underclass of unemployed and uneducated, in a culturally isolated sub-society lacking too many of the “bourgeois virtues” of hard work, intact families, self-reliance, and individual pride of self-made betterment.
And they have brainwashed tens of millions to actually believe that there can be no life without the paternalistic hand of government’s micro-managing all that goes on in human affairs.”
“The progressives’ future has brought us to a dead end. And now what do they want? Of course, more of the same. Just trust us, the experts, they say, who know better what is best for you, than you know yourself. Give us more of the authority and power to be the social engineers who move each and every one of you about on that great chessboard of society, as if you were a mere pawn with no goals and purposes other than those impressed on you by the paternalist’s hand assigning you your place in the world.”
Austrian Economics & Public Policy–Restoring Freedom and Prosperity, p. 203, Richard Ebeling