Don Boudreaux selects an excellent excerpt from the recent book, Illiberal Reformers.
He then adds, in part:
Isn’t it, therefore, strange that those politicians, pundits, professors, and preachers who today wish to turn more power over to state administrators (and, hence, to reduce the range of market activities) call themselves – and are called by others – “Progressives”? These champions of administration – these ‘men of system’ – are not progressive; they are regressive. They are atavistic. They peddle millennia-old superstitions; they work with outdated concepts; they possess an antediluvian faith in strong ‘leaders’; they have never learned the modern lesson of spontaneous order; they are haunted by archaic fears of people who are free to pursue their own ends, in their own manner, without supervision by overlords.