Rina someone or other and Kip\’s Law

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.

6 thoughts on “Rina someone or other and Kip\’s Law”

  1. Applying this test generally would mean eliminating all government, armed forces, police, weapons, power tools…

    On the other hand, I don’t think Tim would be particularly damaging in the planning role proposed. I suppose that since he’s against such planning, he’d do nothing, and it would be just as if the office didn’t exist.

  2. PaulB

    The only cost in such a scenario would be his salary, obviously, but I agree that life in the UK would be considerably improved if, for example, the entire EHRC pissed off and twiddled with their iPhones playing Angry Birds or went down the pub, rather than imposing successive waves of Res tape on the wealth – creating Private Sector. Wouldn’t be ideal but would be a huge improvement!

  3. It’s classic Marxism, as outlined in ‘The Open Society and it’s enemies’ (amongst others) why do you think people like this turn up in the vast bureaucratic ‘maze’ created by Gordon Brown. If they had to campaign and obtain votes they’d never keep a deposit in a million years. That’s why it’s so vital that the bureaucracies being proposed by these ‘Murphyites’ must be cut down and removed.

  4. Au contraire, TW should be in charge of some Government project researching the use of scandium in the energy cells (or whatever) that he messes round with in what is rapidly becoming his spare time left over from blogging.Lets face it, the private sector is n’t going to fund him.The banks won’t even fund the housing industry which is a sold banker (no play on words intended).The era of rich eccentric investors (Mark Twain comes to mind) is long over ,replaced by dreary corporate bureaucrats no better than dreary State bureaucrats. A politician is more likely to take a punt (with somebody else’s money). Look at Boris with the Estuary Airport (something originally proposed in the very public sector Buchanan Report) .

    Tim adds: “Lets face it, the private sector is n’t going to fund him.”

    That’ll be a surprise to the people who have been funding me since January then…..

  5. Meant” solid banker” above.Still does n’t make much sense, I agree, unless you have solid gambling background.

  6. Glad to hear it.But only since January? You’ve been banging on about this for years.And how much funding? Enough of this private sector puritanism : you could be sitting at your State Scandium control centre getting eager post-graduates to do the work instead of you having to trail round Bohemia on public transport and staying in cheap accommodation.Also you have, from time to time, appealed to the motley crew on this blog for technical information.This is ridiculous!
    Don’t forget that if Government projects get nowhere they get axed after being given a fair time to prove themselves .Look at the Brabazon! And the Foulness/Maplin airport project proposed by Buchanan got axed for reasons of economy by an incoming Labour government. A short sighted economy.
    We do live in a mixed economy. The idea that “the one spirit” (of laissez faire) is going to “sweep through the dull sense world” in a nineteenth century revival is romantic twiddle.

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