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Why Are the Technocrats of the Center Missing in Action? - Grasping Reality with Both Hands
But how do you expect the government to make tough decisions if you, a semi-retired technocrat with no public office at all, can’t even bring yourself to name them? It’s all well and good to talk about fiscal prudence in the abstract: the difficult thing is enacting it in reality. And you’re not being remotely constructive on that front.
And it is not just Rubin: all the bipartisan technocrats of the center appear to be wringing their hands and calling for a plan without saying what it should be.

Here is what Rubin should have said.

Here is the platform for the bipartisan technocrats of the center:
economics  technocrat  bipartisanship  public 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Worst and Dimmest
There's the nub of it--The Best and the Brightest. This skepticism about an excess of brains in government has persisted so long in large part due to the vividness of David Halberstam's study of the McNamara cohort. His book played into two of the animating political fears of the late twentieth century: liberal worry about the cold rationalism of foreign policy hawks; and conservative panic that the country's soul was being seduced away by clever young men on the coasts. And so, Halberstam's title has come to serve as political shorthand for a nervousness, on both the left and right, about governance by technocrat--a fear that braininess carries the built-in risk of failures the size of Vietnam.
halberstam  david  best-and-brightest  country(Vietnam)  history  lessons  politics  technocracy  technocrat  number  bias 
august 2009 by tsuomela

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