Review of James Copland's book, The Unelected.
The Founders’ constitutional design, Copland reminds us, “was predicated on accountability to the voting public.” This was essential to ensure the “consent of the governed.” Since the Constitutional Convention was held in 1787, and particularly in the wake of the New Deal, we have significantly departed from this ideal. Government has greatly expanded in size and power, and—more importantly—“governmental accountability to the public has been substantially eroded.” In Copland’s telling, the unelected, unaccountable entities exercising control over the polity consist of four components: rulemakers, enforcers, litigators, and what he calls the “new antifederalists.”
The estimable Anthony Daniels reviews the Books of the Moment, White Fragility and How to Be an Antiracist. If there are any Liberals reading this, stay away. May cause severe headaches and heart palpitations.
"Environmental humanism will eventually triumph over apocalyptic environmentalism." (Discussion of Michael Shellenberger's new book.)
Let's hope so.
Related: "Apocalypse Never — The Polar Bears Are Alive and Well".
Even at this late date it still amuses me that some people think academic economists have tremendous power.
The title of his book indicates that it will be a broad attack on social science. In reality, it is largely an attack on social scientists, most often conservative and libertarian ones, that he does not like. Among his list of evildoers is Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, James Buchanan, Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, Steven Levitt, Tyler Cowen, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Steven Pinker, James Q. Wilson, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel Huntington, and Richard Dawkins (not a social scientist but he makes Blakeley’s cut anyway). These scholars are then blamed for a long list of sins including, among many others, the housing bubble and crash, something he calls the “market polis,” the management ethos, online dating, inequality, the capitalist hellscape of Blade Runner he says we are living in, broken-windows policing, the war on terror, and democratic peace theory. Conservatives, it appears, should take heart. Despite their vanishingly small numbers in higher education, they have still managed to ruin the world.
Discusses a new book, Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric I'd like to read. Jack Welch was a considered a "legend," one of the absolute best managers of the 20th century. But what happened immediately after he left casts at least some doubt on his accomplishments.
Yet another important finding in psychology goes poof.
I second the motion. I haven't read his macroeconomics book, but I did read his A Guide to Econometrics in graduate school. Nothing like it that I've seen; highly recommended.
Thomas Sowell turned 90 a few days ago. What a tremendous scholar he is. If you haven't read his A Conflict of Visions--now more timely than ever--I highly recommend it.
Fred Siegel at City Journal reviews new books by Stanley Kurtz and John Ellis.