Progressivism In A Paragraph

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

And the paragraph comes from Andrew Salter, Assistant Professor of Economics in the Rawls College of Business, and the Comparative Economics Research Fellow at Texas Tech University’s Free Market Institute.

Here it is:

“With the coming of the Progressive era, and especially the Wilson and Roosevelt administrations, the United States eschewed “competitive federalism,” wherein state governments would vie with each other and Washington to govern best in the people’s interests, to “cartel federalism,” where state and national governments conspired to use political machinery to strike profitable deals among powerful interest groups. Those not fortunate enough to be a member of such favored groups were expected to foot the bill in terms of increased taxes and foregone prosperity. The transition from competitive to cartel federalism was nothing less than a Constitutional inversion.”