In practice, this would mean enabling institutions to act as ‘the
guardians of the future against the claims of the present’, as
economist James Tobin argued. Actively integrating systemic and
long-term planning, implementing this will also need legal guardians
such as an Ombudsperson for Future Generations.
Sod democracy, let\’s bring unaccountable planners in.
Here\’s a useful test for any system of political power. And most especially any new \”office for planning\” or the like. You, yes, you proposing this new office and the powers that define it.
Would you be happy if Tim Worstall were to become the holder of that office*?
No? You think that Tim Worstall would not use the powers of that office in the manner which you would like? Ah, so you\’re arguing for only the right people to have that office, those powers. The office probably shouldn\’t exist then should it?
*Leave aside entirely my unsuitability for any office for a moment.