Like all addicts, Central Planners are confident they can manage the monkey on their back. But this is a self-serving illusion.
Addiction is many things, but beneath its complexities it is a self-destructive expression of the desire to avoid or suppress pain. The pain might be physical or the stuff of the mind, memories or inner demons or tortured misgivings about one's choices, soul and life.
Though the self-destructive aspects of the addiction are painfully visible to observers, to the addict they represent a solution: perhaps not the ideal one or even a good one, but a solution nonetheless.
Fear plays a big part in many addictions--fear of life without the addictive salve. The ...