The book, American Amnesia by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson is a pathetic attempt to distort history to support a psychopathic adoration for the
merits of massive government. The theme of the dissertation is the rejection of the Thomas Jefferson axiom, “The Government
is best when it governs least.” For this duo of academic establishment apologists, the Twentieth century under Woodrow
Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a great success. Coming out of the Yale citadel and the bedlam known as Berkeley,
these two mentally challenged government sycophants are a pristine example why engagement with such progressive professors
is a journey into the warped minds of historic irrationality.
Set aside scholarship and feast upon the doctrine of confused belief in the false proposition that wealth
is created by and through a state sponsored economy. The religious ministers of government worship lauds this book as a canon
of fantasy faith. Start with the New York Times, ‘American Amnesia,’ by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson and note the unsubstantiated axiom that government involvement in economic partnerships is a healthy and necessary relationship.
“Hacker and Pierson
highlight three main prongs of the Republican attack: “Denounce crony capitalism” while catering to narrow business
interests; “Feed political dysfunction and win by railing against it”; and “Undermine the capacity of government
to perform its vital functions” and at the same time “decry a bungling and corrupt public sector.”
The deplorable betrayal of the American dream of
individual liberty and independent economic dynamism that is the hallmark of the last century is not addressed or discussed
with even a modicum of understanding of what, how and who creates wealth. The author’s preoccupation of slamming hard
Randian Liberationists for their distrust of government intervention is pointed out in the critique, Defending a Mixed Economy, by Herbert Hoverkamp.
“Further, at no time in our constitutional history has the prevailing view of government at either the federal
or the state level been predominantly libertarian. The period from Andrew Jackson to the Progressive Era witnessed a significant
but only partially successful effort to push the government out of the economy.
So Hacker and Pierson are exactly right on the proposition
suggested by their title: the War on Government today is based on a “collective amnesia” about American economic
policy. Perhaps “willful ignorance” would be a better term. In any event, the evidence is sufficient to make clear
that, notwithstanding its rhetoric, the war on government is in no sense a return to either constitutional or public policy
Government is not
a productive partner in wealth creation, but is a levy exorcist on the profits of successful businesses. For the millions
of government parasites who draw a salary, pension, benefits or subsidy from the state; the few remaining business owner’s
who bear the responsibility to make a payroll, remit costs of operations and bear the burden of growing an enterprise that
actually is at the formation of a cornucopia for wealth endure the risk of failure, while the government imposes their tax
theft as a matter of course.
deficient disciples of the collective over at Mother Jones applaud American Amnesia: Three Cheers For the Mixed Economy!
that's left is a seething anger—stoked by a modern GOP dedicated to corporations and the rich—toward jack-booted
government bureaucrats who prevent the economy from taking flight. Get rid of the regulators, and all will be well again.
That might be true if
we could also return to the America of the 1830s. But we can't. The United States is bigger, more complex, and far more technologically
advanced than it was two centuries ago, and there's simply no plausible counterweight to powerful corporate rent-seekers other
than government regulation. Like it or not, the mixed economy is the only way to run a modern country.”
What the enthusiasts for the all powerful and invasive
government miss is that corporatist monologists are NOT the engine of prosperity for the general economy. No, these protected
fronts operate in unison with their government bureaucratic partners in crime to eliminate any remnants of anti-trust restrictions.
The state is NOT an enforcer of a level playing field, but operates as the ultimate enabler of favoritism to stamp out any
The Hacker/Pierson philosophy
of tax, spend and grow is absurd. The net result is a predictable dislocation of a market economy and a substitute of a command
and control government managed system of reduced prosperity. Only the crony sponsors of the government selected and enforced
regulation system benefits alongside the egomaniacs that comprise government.
The KIRKUS REVIEW of AMERICAN AMNESIA offers a description of an assessment that is void of any reality of the original promise of America.
“Hacker and Pierson
offer a depressing series of case studies to that end—for instance, food industry efforts to fight the Obama administration’s
anti-obesity campaign and the rise of private schools, little better than diploma mills, whose outcomes are worse than those
of public counterparts but whose owners still manage to receive ample federal funds. The costs of this private looting to
the public are not merely economic; write the authors, “in undermining essential public authority, they threaten effective
democratic governance itself.” They suggest reforms to curb the worst effects of the libertarian grab, including “rebuilding
government capacity” and remaking Senate filibuster requirements so that the system is more “majoritarian.”
Good grief, what obscene crap. Slamming private education
and replacing it with government schools has produced a country of literates and greedy leeches that demand more public welfare
and elect collectivist demigods.
dread and warn about “majoritarian” rule. Populist legitimacy and the will of the people are
quite different from democratic governance. Folks America was created to be a confederation of sovereign states.
With the repressive imposition of the U.S. Constitution and the insidious imposition of a powerful central government, the
trust in the purpose of the American Revolution was broken.
The promise that a Republic is based upon the rule of law is long dead. In its place we live under the
boot of an immoral and dictatorial imperial class of manipulators and the technocratic stooges who do the bidding of their
This is the real essence
of the actual American Amnesia that both Hacker and Pierson’s viewpoint utterly lacks The reverence of their sacred
“mixed economy” is pure rationalization for supporting their American sacrilege. One cannot throw out Thomas Jefferson
and still call the United States - AMERICA.
1900’s are often called the American century. If you are one of those lackeys who revel in the internationalism of empire
building, you probably applaud the massive expansion and its accompanying debt, as progress. This attitude defies all canons
of intellectual scholarship. Yet the Hacker and Pierson twosome would have you believe that their viewpoint is valid, because
they have moved beyond the fundamental nature of the founding nation by accepting the Madison model of government that replaced
the victory at Yorktown with the capitulation from the District of Criminals.
This disgusting book ends with the following words:
“A Government that effectively promotes human flourishing
is a government worth fighting for. More than ever, the problems we face demand a sustained and principled defense of a vital
proposition: The government that governs best needs to govern quite a bit. Americans must remember what has made America Prosper”
It should be eminently obvious that Hacker and Pierson
are part of the sinister plot to destroy the unique character of the American spirit that created the nation based upon the
sentiment expressed in Patrick Henry: Fight against the Constitution. Fabricating a distorted narrative that an all powerful government IS a benefit for the people and a necessary partner in
economic affairs is treasonous.
creation achieved by the country was accomplished in spite of the crony capitalism that government oversees. The results of
the “so called” mixed economy are based upon a mountain of debt and loss of individual liberty.
This reality escapes the “PC” professors
of deception. Frankly, they argue against private property and independence of economic choice. It is because of this unholy
union of academic fraud in the tradition of that infamous educator, John Dewey, that the country has been trashed so effectively
in the last hundred years.
If what we
have today is defined as progress, pray to God that the future will beckon a second American Revolution. The Hacker and Pierson
proposition that more expansive and intrusive government holds the key to a vigorous economy is illogically based upon their
dishonest record, because it refuses to recognize the true cause, which comes from the ills of previous state interventions.
Regretfully, the only people who would follow the
suggestions in this book need intensive professional help. They obviously cannot come to grips with the evil of the entire
governmental apparatus that has eradicated the dreams and pursuit of happiness that Jefferson stated in the Declarations of
Independence. These progressive lunatics do not understand the heart and soul of Independence.
SARTRE – May 11, 2016