The Wall Street Journal‘s editors rightly applaud efforts, led by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to ease the government-imposed “efficiency” standards for automatic dishwashers – standards that not only generate inefficiency, but by preventing dishes from being thoroughly cleaned, also increase the pollution suffered by us Americans in our households . A slice:
Judging from the more than 2,700 comments already received, a great many Americans are not happy with what’s happened to their dishwashers. “I had no idea that energy regulations were affecting my dishwasher. Now that I know I am absolutely furious” says one. Another writes that “when you have to re wash your dishes because they stink does not save water.” Still another pleads: “For the love of all that is holy, help us make dishwashers work right again.”
A legitimacy crisis is when people stop believing that the governing elite is competent and benevolent.
In theory, a libertarian might welcome a legitimacy crisis. If people lose faith in the government elite, then should that not make them more libertarian?
In practice, we are seeing something closer to the opposite. We are seeing a decline in legitimacy, although it probably does not qualify as a crisis. In any case, the rise of populism helps to promote demagogues, such as Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren.