As far as I can find, this has gone back as far as the 1600s. Just before the french revolution the Real estate market blew up
The bean counters taking over an economy does seem to (by historical standards) precede collapses. Would this be this a cause or just an early symptom of the collapse?
For those using sunrooms, greenhouses, etc. for winter vegetable production: Eliot Coleman's books are worth study. Coleman discusses what can live at sheltered lower temperatures and how to handle them. He developed his commercial methods in zone 3, later moved to zone 5 to allow greater variety.
Finding that empty gallon jugs (2 >5/week) can be recycled from a local garage improved my winter night time (unheated) temperatures. I'm not complete, but current outside temperature is -7degF, solar room 22.6 deg F, up from last year. Jugs are more work than water barrels and only last a few years in sunlight. They also have more surface area. The recycling is: hold water > plant pots > fuel.
From: http://cfif.org/v/index.php/commentary/ ... for-repeal
A recession comes, then >
Terrified politicians and hyperventilating media figures immediately begin identifying scapegoats and demanding scalps. Conveniently, those scapegoats always reside in the private sector, never mind how government mandates dictated business decisions or steered us toward the reckoning. Blame is always placed on alleged insufficient regulation, never overregulation.
Predictably, the scapegoats also happen to have deep pockets. Trial lawyers descend like vultures, and class action lawsuits multiply. New laws are passed. New regulations are imposed. New agencies are empowered. They won't let this happen again.
Then, a few short years later it happens again anyway. Wash, rinse, repeat.
The push toward more state control ignores that bureaucratic blunders hurt many other people. A private sector blunder in something done at their own expense contrasts that with smaller problems, except to themselves.
FWIR, a regulation requiring baby clothes to be non-flammable used a chemical which turned out to be a carcinogen. By the time this was discovered, a major recall was needed. Given a private effort, there would have been less sold, and possibly competitive alternatives
The EPA recently recently let liquid mine waste be released into moving water. Does anyone know if those responsible had any personal consequences from the blunder
From: http://cfif.org/v/index.php/commentary/ ... filibuster
Minutes after President Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee, Schumer proclaimed that "on a subject as important as a Supreme court nomination," there have to be 60 votes to move the nomination along.
At the Constitutional Convention, the framers considered requiring a supermajority in the Senate to pass laws, but repeatedly rejected the idea.
James Madison explained in Federalist No. 58 that it would give the minority control over the majority. The "principle of free government would be reversed." Requiring laws to pass two houses of Congress and giving the president a veto were better ways to promote wise lawmaking.
NYU law professor Burt Neuborne deplores these "rules that scratch my back today and yours tomorrow." They protect career politicians but not the public.
From: "The Road to Serfdom" by Frederich A. Hayek
(in collectivist polities) Every activity must derive its justification from a conscious social purpose. There must be no spontaneous, unguided activity, because it might produce results which cannot be foreseen and for which the plan does not provide.
Hayek lived through the events of pre WWII Austria. This book was published in 1944, but IMO is still well worth reading. One point he explains is why in a collectivist movement, there is a strong tendency for evil people to rise to power