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 Americas leading practitioner of constructivism in politics and in architecture, Moses demonstrated in his work all of the major pitfalls of socialismunintended 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, FDRs New Deal, and the Costs of Economic Planning|