Wesley J. Smith identifies the liberal dream: Utopia achieved by the power of the administrative state wielded by scientific experts.
Liberals, what do they really want? Not the communism or socialism of the rightâ€™s fever dreams. They know that didnâ€™t work. Todayâ€™s liberal agenda is more akin to the corporatist vision of the 1920s and â€™30sâ€‹â€”â€‹an economy in which the state directs the activities of the private sector to achieve ideologically desired ends. But even that description doesnâ€™t quite get to the nub of it. Liberals today seek to create a stable, and what they perceive to be a socially just, society via rule by expertsâ€‹â€”â€‹in which most of the activities of society are micromanaged by technocrats for the economic and social benefit of the whole. In other words, social democracy without the messiness of democracy, like the European Unionâ€™s rule-by-bureaucrats-in-Brussels. This is the â€œfundamental transformationâ€ that President Obama seeks to implement in this country.
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When you come right down to it, all this is so early last century. The liberal is the intellectual who learned essentially nothing from the last century. Barack Obama might just as well be William Jennings Bryan in blackface.