The Career of Robert Moses: City Planning as a Microcosm of Socialism
By Gene Callahan
Sanford Ikeda

This article appeared in the Fall 2004 issue of The Independent Review


Robert Moses, who dominated urban planning in New York City and New York State from the 1930s to the 1960s, personified the hubris of central planning. Perhaps America’s leading practitioner of constructivism in politics and in architecture, Moses demonstrated in his work all of the major pitfalls of socialism—unintended and unwanted consequences, the inability to allocate scarce resources rationally, the abandonment of ordinary morality, and the extreme disregard for the wishes of those whose lives are being planned.

Other Independent Review articles by Gene Callahan
    Winter 2009   The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies
    Summer 2008   Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy, and Public Policy
    Fall 2005   Oakeshott and Mises on Understanding Human Action
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Other Independent Review articles by Sanford Ikeda
    Winter 2012   Back to the Land: Arthurdale, FDR’s New Deal, and the Costs of Economic Planning

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