Aldous Huxley painted a picture in his A Brave New World of a world, not where information is tightly controlled and censored, but where there was so much information that it was hard to discern what was good. And when one found something good, no one really cared about any of it. Combine that with Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death and we have a decent composite picture of where our nation is as it relates to the economy.
We have so much to learn from the past, and we have so many wise advisors who have summarized vast amounts of data into digestible portions, and yet we (present company included) often don’t care. So in order to carry forward the problem of too much information, here is a great article on how Bush was a big-government-interventionist-who-claimed-to-be-Mr-Free-Market and how Obama is proving to be Bush-on-steroids. (“The Myth of the Laissez-Faire Bush Years”).
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson