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Volume 18 No. 6 • October 2015


INCOHERENCE IN GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS—THEN AND NOW A PROPHECY FROM THE PAST MIGHT POINT TO THE OUTCOME OF OUR NEXT ELECTION

In a recent online post (Sept. 1, 2015) entitled “Government Decoherence and Its Discontents” by Philip A. Wallach, Mr. Wallach discusses his view that decoherence (we think the proper word is incoherence) is a natural outcome of tendencies in liberal, pluralist democracy. He notes that this was the prophecy of Carl Schmitt, who was a political scientist/economist during the Weimar Republic of Germany. Schmitt’s book Legality and Legitimacy, “diagnosed legislature-dominated liberal orders as utterly incapable of meeting the demands of crises, and perhaps even the tasks of economic management for which they were taking responsibility” at the time he wrote this. “Lack of legislative dexterity would lead liberal societies to embrace what Schmitt called an ‘administrator’ form of government based on ad hoc decrees designed to respond to the needs of the moment.” This incoherence of policy would lead to an erosion in citizens’ belief in the congruence between “law and statute, justice and legality, substance and process,” with a loss of legitimacy. “In Schmitt’s oracular telling, this will lead to total dissolution of the state or the rise of some more viable alternatives rooted in a single leader’s plebiscitary connection with the people.” Indeed, Adolf Hitler proved to be that single leader prophesied by Schmitt. We know how that ended ....

We do not currently appear to have a Hitler on the horizon, but interestingly there is a candidate for President who proposes policies designed to meet the needs of the moment and who speaks a language of frankness that attracts people looking for somebody who is not afraid to say it like it is, even in an uncouth manner disrespectful of the political class. That might not end well, either...

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