In 1976 — 40 years ago as I write this — several Montana State University (MSU) colleagues and I launched an intellectual experiment in the political economy of natural resources.
Even if we assume that sclerotic bureaucracies are able to identify the ever-elusive “public good,” what incentive do they have to serve it and not their own ends? Progressivism and its crusaders simply never bothered to answer this fundamental question.
How representative is government when a governor can lose 98 of 102 counties, and when the President of the United States can lose 2,388 counties and win only 689 of them?
Rather than being united, the states and the people seem more divided than ever.