Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Food for thought

Ed Glaeser makes the case for "small-government egalitarianism."
Current American political discourse labels people as either anti-government or pro-equality, but wanting to help the poor should not require the abandonment of sensible skepticism about expanding the size of the state. Many of my favorite causes, like fighting land use regulations that make it hard to build affordable housing, aid the poor by reducing the size of government. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I also argued that it would be far better to give generous checks to the poor hurt by the storm than to spend billions rebuilding the city, because those rebuilding efforts would inevitably help connected contractors more than ordinary people.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ed is a fourth tier public intellectual in my scope.

Tina Fey is a third tier p.i.