Publius Squared: The Regulatory State, Congress, and Democracy

Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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5 Responses

  1. greginak says:

    Great interesting interview. I would stood out the most was the point that people focus to much on electing one president/CEO/ National Daddy to guide and enlighten us as opposed to the reality of we are hiring a big bunch of people to run things for a while.Report

    • Mark Thompson in reply to greginak says:

      Thanks, greg! I’ve got a follow-up post set to go up tonight that goes into that issue in a lot more depth, and more importantly proposes a somewhat unexpected partial solution to the problem of regulatory capture. You will be surprised to learn that it does not at all involve a proposal to just give up and deregulate everything.Report

  2. Katherine says:

    Good interview. I think publius is right on most of what he says, but his misses the simple fact that it’s not easy to get information on issues that are less prominent in the news, and most people are busy enough without spending hours trying to get informed on it. I agree with his answer to the first question that regulatory capture doesn’t have to be the norm, and that concentrations of wealth combined with a political party whose raison d’etre is to favour corporations are a big part of the reason why it is common. If economic power was more equal, it wouldn’t be nearly as easy for large corporations to game the system.

    Also, you really need to work on making your writing simpler.Report