SOURCE: The Atlantic
Two major parts of American institutional life--law enforcement and the regulatory state--have failed spectaculary as the culmination of long-term historical trends.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Chris Deutsch
The modern food system rests on a thin reed of worker abuse and poor sanitation that covid-19 has finally broken.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a key role to play in reopening the economy, but it has fewer inspectors than at any time since 1975, continuing a pattern of decline that dates to 1981.
SOURCE: New York Times
Ms. Mitchell is 47, a historian by training. But her real role is the strategist of the demise of Amazon as we know it.
SOURCE: Washington Monthly
How one improbable legal case drove the federal government to regulate greenhouse gases.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Green New Deal’s mastermind is a precocious New Yorker with big ambitions. Sound familiar?
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
The roots go back to 1913.
In "Democracy in America," published in 1833, Alexis de Tocqueville marveled at the way Americans preferred voluntary association to government regulation. "The inhabitant of the United States," he wrote, "has only a defiant and restive regard for social authority and he appeals to it . . . only when he cannot do without it."Unlike Frenchmen, he continued, who instinctively looked to the state to provide economic and social order, Americans relied on their own efforts. "In the United States, they associate for the goals of public security, of commerce and industry, of morality and religion. There is nothing the human will despairs of attaining by the free action of the collective power of individuals."What especially amazed Tocqueville was the sheer range of nongovernmental organizations Americans formed: "Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations . . . but they also have a thousand other kinds: religious, moral, grave, futile, very general and very particular, immense and very small; Americans use associations to give fetes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools."
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