March 7, 2011

Bill Whittle: ‘The End of the Beginning’

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:20 pm

Today’s history lesson explains what has transpired, and identifies where we are in the evolution of the historical relationship between individuals, families, and their societies:

One extended point: Certain of those described as late 19th century “robber barons” were the original practitioners of comprehensive crony capitalism (sentence amended at 7:40 p.m. from what was seen previously to reflect a commenter’s valid points). The Obama administration is best seen as a 21st century attempt to recreate their reign, this time with the federal government as their nexus of power. The current administration, contrary to its rhetoric of hope, change and transformation, really is the defender of the status quo. They wish to extend the status quo to virtually every aspect of everyday life. They are the reactionaries. They are the ones holding back the revolutionary progress and promise of the Information Age. It is clear that they won’t give up their centralized power without a ferocious fight.

I’m also heartened to see Whittle recognize the poison that the 17th Amendment (direct election of U.S. Senators) has represented in its nearly 100 years on the books. The Founders wanted the states to have a direct legislative place at the table; they no longer have one. This has served to exponentially enhance the power of the federal government.

Obamacare would never, ever have become law if Senators were selected by their state legislatures. That alone demonstrates what a huge mistake the 17th represents.



  1. Just one point about your extended point: you have to be careful with the whole “robber baron” thing because big chunks of that standard narrative is false. A lot of the supposedly biggest “Robber Barons” like Rockefeller and Carnegie were anything but crony capitalists. And if it wasn’t for J.P. Morgan we wouldn’t have a country now because he saved the government from bankruptcy.

    The only reason any “Robber Barons” existed was because government created them via massive subsidies and by granting special favors. The government corrupted business, not the other way around.

    There’s a really great book called “The Myth of the Robber Barons” that sets a lot of the record straight.

    Comment by zf — March 7, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  2. Rand Paul would not be in the Senate if appointments were by the state legislatures.

    Comment by Jim — March 7, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

  3. #2, OK, but I suspect that Rand Paul would agree that the 17th was a bad idea, and that he wouldn’t mind being in private life if the country were in a more tolerable situation.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 8, 2011 @ 5:47 am

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