3) Moynihan drafts the "final submission" of the interagency commission that recommends the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill. Result: social disaster. Thousands of pathetically ill people are freed to wander the streets and cause harm to the social order, to themselves, and to others.There are eight or nine. I hadn't realized just how much of an influential slime he was. Perhaps not the worst in history, but certainly responsible for crushing millions of lives. The more you centralize power, the more likely it is that sweeping, fascist programs will wreak havoc.
4) Moynihan writes a 1965 speech for President Johnson to deliver at Howard University, in which LBJ calls for "not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and equality as a result," pregnant words that lead to what we now call "affirmative action." Result: American society is riven by a rancorous ongoing debate over racial preferences.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Daniel Patrick Moynahan: worst person in history?
In the past I've had luke warmish complimentary things to say about him as possibly th elast first rate leftie intellectual. I hadn't known just what the complete bill of indictment was against him: