Monday, January 02, 2012

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Conservatives' Democrat

We've cited Moynihan on occasion.  He was a very smart guy who carried a (D) label, but was no cookie-cutter Left-Blob member.

...this wonderfully creative civilization which we have produced in North America and Western Europe is going to come to an end . . . through the slow but steady conquest of the private sector by the public sector.

That was in 1980.  At the time, Moynihan was primarily speaking about private-sector charities:

No better evidence for this threat exists, Moynihan added, than the way “the non-government enterprises of public concern” who sat before him were being “squeezed out of existence or slowly absorbed” by government.

It's possible that Moynihan was also thinking of private-sector commerce, of course.

And he would have been right.

HT:  Shepherd

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