Most impressive to me is his Five for Freedom plan. This from the first section:There are more. The analysis and the comments are thought provoking. And it made me think that I've been looking at this election wrong.
Abolish the IRS, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A Cruz Administration will appoint heads of each of those agencies whose sole charge will be to wind them down and determine whether any programs need to be preserved.
- Internal Revenue Services – end the political targeting, simplify the tax code, and abolish the IRS as we know it.
- Department of Education – return education to those who know our students best: parents, teachers, local communities, and states. And block-grant education funding to the states.
The problem is not breaking the political establishments. The problem is the permanent governing class. I wrote about that a couple years back, linking to some very interesting thinking at Isegoria:
This may be a fool's errand, but Cruz' target selection is dead on. The question is whether he can do it. The key is whether we can get people to sign up for cabinet positions in his administration when all he wants to have them do is spin down the agency. The press will do their best to ruin the reputation of anyone who does this. I'd love to hear someone ask him how he can hire the right people to do this.The nature of the state
- The state is established by citizens to serve their needs. Its actions are generally righteous.
- The state is just another giant corporation. Its actions generally advance its own interests. Sometimes these interests coincide with ours, sometimes they don’t.The power structure of the West
- Power in the West is held by the people, who have to guard it closely against corrupt politicians and corporations.
- Power in the West is held by the civil service, that is, the permanent employees of the state. In any struggle between the civil service and politicians or corporations, the civil service wins.
This is the first truly revolutionary philosophy that we've seen in a hundred years, and it is just now emergent. Whether you accept or reject its arguments, this is the intellectual structure that will battle Progressivism.