The following words represent the generally acknowledged mindset of a bureaucrat: “Rules are rules, fella. I don’t make ‘em. I just enforce ‘em.”
Let’s say that you’re a policymaker interested in reducing the size of government. Strategically, is it easier to cut government regulation or roll back the welfare state (thereby reducing government spending)?
The petty tyrants that occupy county zoning offices or health departments are exactly why we can’t have nice things.
A market for parking free of government manipulation would reduce inequality, improve the environment, and make cities more livable.
Solar power can only survive with an army of lobbyists dedicated to securing millions in taxpayer dollars.
Imagine that the government creates the Furniture and Desk Association, an agency which declares that only IKEA is allowed to sell chairs.