Why was the Victorian state so good at building great cities, sewers, clean water pipes, railways, roads and all the infrastructure we still rely on, while we dither, fear to spend or to commandeer the levers of control for the public good?
Because the Victorians only taxed in order to build those great monuments. They did not also tax in order to fill the wallets of 6 million diversity advisers from the public teat.
Cut the State back to those things that must be done, those things that must be done that can only be done by the State, and you can have as many glorious public goods as you like. The fact that the money is spunked away on things that are not needed, even if they can be done by the State, is why we cannot have nice things.