Thursday, July 30, 2009

One Leader

Republican House minority whip Eric Cantor:
At last count, there were at least 32 active czars that we knew of, meaning the current administration has more czars than Imperial Russia.
Matthew Yglesias:
The thing about Imperial Russia is that as a centralized autocracy it only had one czar. Having multiple people in positions of authority makes a political system less, rather than more, autocratic. Consider, “under Hitler, Germany had only one Fuhrer, but in the contemporary United States there are dozens of important political leaders.” Do you find that idea alarming? Are we worse than the Nazis? Of course not.

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