In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, Ezra Klein makes an interesting point, perhaps unintentionally. He's had the attention of progressives for a long while, and while The New York Times has a similar audience, their Op-Ed page is seen as a place for people to see a variety of viewpoints they might not otherwise see, so I think his intent is to communicate more broadly.
And what does he want the broader world to hear? That he's embarrassed about the train wreck that is Californian government.
But the Op-Ed is structured in a sort of strange way. He has no critique of Californian progressivism. And he's had more influence on Californian government and culture than most state-level elected officials. They have complete control of the government, his preferred ideology, and have been there for quite some time. And... they've made a real hash of things.
Part of his critique is clearly a complaint about scholarship. They want what he wants, but are doing it in a bad way. He mentions unintented consequences, about how programs ratchet one way, into complexity, and fixing their problems is always harder than making new problems. He's a smart guy, he sees what's happened there.
If I could buy him a beer and give him some advice, it'd be the advice I give almost everyone: follow your heart. You see this approach to government is fundamentally destructive. You don't want it to be any less progressive, but you'd want it to Just. Do. Less. You'll never be a conservative. But maybe we can build the most natural truce: everyone will be more cautious, and because I don't trust them anymore than they trust me, we will make institutional safeguards to prevent people, even when they have all the power they could want, from just ratcheting up the complexity of the system to get their goals. It'll stop my opponent's worst excesses, and my own sides excesses are pretty bad too, I see that now. Thank you for explaining, Ezra. A true friend.
Ezra Klein, you're one open hearted conversation away from becoming a libertarian, and let me tell you, the world needs your voice, now more than ever. Trust your heart, and follow where you're clearly already going.