"I find it essential for the country's good to leave it for awhile, perhaps forever," said Philip Dru. "Already a large majority of the newly elected House have asked me to become the Executive. If I accepted, there would be those who would believe that in a little while, I would again assume autocratic control. I would be a constant menace to my country if I remained within it.
That's the most straightforward part. This is what progressives want to do. What they have done. Appoint a bunch of Czars into positions of power that will just do things automatically, working to get around the will of the people because they know better than we do. On page 157 it says this:
When Dru had finished there was generous applause. At first here and there a dissenting voice was heard, but the chorus of approval drowned it. It was a splendid tribute to his popularity and integrity. When quiet was restored, he named twelve men whom he wanted to take charge of the departments and to act as his advisors.
They were all able men, each distinguished in his own field of endeavor, and when their names were announced there was an outburst of satisfaction.
This book repeatedly talks about committees, advisors, boards, and other descriptors are used to describe the process of appointing administrators to make decisions. You see, this isn't really a dictatorship. Philip is just the 'administrator'. His appointed autocrats are just 'administrators'. This is what progressives always do, they change the language.
What did Peter Orszag recently write that's got so many people tied in knots? Too Much of a Good Thing: Why we need less democracy. Knowing the history of progressivism will necessarily change how you read this article. And that's a good thing.
So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.
That could have been lifted right out of the pages of the book "Philip Dru, Administrator". It's not any wonder that Peter Orszag is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, which itself is an offshoot of progressivism. Edward House, who is the author of the book Philip Dru, is an important player in the initial formation of the CFR.
It doesn't matter where progressives are at. Be it at the CFR, at universities, in newsrooms, in elected and official capacity, or in bureaucracies. Progressives think that they know better than you do and if given a chance they'll impose their will upon you. It's in their own writings, and it's in the most recent 100 years of american history.