LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - September 21, 2016) - Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are correct when they say the system is rigged against the average American. But they don't say how.
A new book, Lobbycratic Governance, sums up the answer this way: Voter disgust over government excesses and mistakes since 1963, along with Citizens United money, have combined to allow organizations and administrative agencies to make public policy without much political interference.
The book, to be released in October by The Americas Group, describes how a cabal of technocrats and lobbyists, abetted by their lawyers, now determines public policy. Author Godfrey Harris, a Los Angeles-based consultant, has observed, taught and worked in American politics and government since 1952.
President Eisenhower warned of an "industrial-military complex." That concern eventually evolved into an alliance of powerful private corporate and nonprofit interests working with government bureaucrats to determine the course of American policy.
"Rather than a government of, by and for the people -- as Lincoln described the goal of American governance -- we now have a national government in which citizens are essentially superfluous (except to pay taxes, of course)," Harris notes.
Harris offers detailed examples at the federal and local levels of how lobbyists and technocrats promote projects for the benefit of private groups. Kelo v. New London is an infamous example of how local officials used eminent domain to condemn waterfront property to enable a real estate developer to build a shopping center to create jobs. Ironically, it was all for naught.
"[T]he private developer was unable to obtain the financing needed for his project," Harris writes. "No shopping center was built; no jobs created. The land was left as an empty lot, a reminder of the greed, insensitivity and uncaring attitudes of technocrats, lobbyists and politicians. . . ."
In a closing chapter the author proposes a daring but controversial way for voters to regain control of lobbycratic governance.
LOBBYCRATIC GOVERNANCE: How to Limit the Power Technocrats and Lobbyists Exercise over Public Policy
Published by The Americas Group
520 S. Sepulveda Blvd., #204, Los Angeles CA 90049-3534
290 pages, trade paperback
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