The enduring values (and value) of Calvin Coolidge

The Acton Institute blog has a nice and timely post on Calvin Coolidge and the foundational truths of government. Of all the Coolidge quotes author Ray Nothstine marshals, I like none better than the 30th president’s assessment of the progressive movement: “Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.” I think Coolidge would be heartened by social science findings that the collective intelligence of many often results in superior outcomes than when supposedly elite circles make top-down decisions that somehow always get sidetracked by unintended consequences.

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