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Who Are the Most Powerful People in America?

September 9, 2019


If someone suggested to you that Americans
should reject representative government and return to the rule of kings, you would laugh. “This is America,” you would say. “In our revolution, we got rid of monarchy.” And, of course, you’d be right – but only
to a point. Monarchy is making a comeback – though not
in the way you think. Let me explain. A king is one person. Get rid of him and you might get your freedom
back. But what do you do when the nation has come
to be controlled by thousands of little kings – almost supreme in their specialized fiefdoms
– who have vast power over your life, much as a king might? Good question, because that’s what we’re
up against. This regime is called the “administrative
state.” Its little kings are unelected “bureaucrats,”
officially known as “administrators,” “secretaries,” or even “czars.” And, make no mistake, they are very powerful. Their decisions affect us every day. The FDA, the FCC, the SEC, and so on and so
on. Put together almost any three or four random
letters and chances are you’ve stumbled on a government agency. These agencies and the people in them shape
our lives – often for the worse. Many farmers in California lost their livelihoods
because the Fish and Wildlife Service decided that the delta smelt (a tiny fish) was more
important than the farmers’ water supply. That decision may have been right, or it may
have been wrong. My point is simply that the decision should
have been made by our lawmakers – who are accountable to us at the next election. Those farmers are among the millions of hard-working
people directly hurt by the administrative state. And many more millions have been indirectly
hurt – such as all those discouraged from even starting a business by miles of bureaucratic
red tape. This is not an argument against government
regulation per se, but against regulation imposed by bureaucrats rather than by our
elected lawmakers whom we can hold accountable at the next election. Here’s the larger danger: As bureaucracy
grows, individual freedom diminishes. How did we get into this mess? And, more importantly, how do we get out of
it? America’s Founders recognized the problem. They didn’t like being told what to do by
people they hadn’t voted for. They built all kinds of protections into the
U.S. Constitution, starting with its very first line after the Preamble: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall
be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House
of Representatives.” All legislative powers, not some. This means only Congress can make the nation’s
laws. Congress thus cannot divest itself of that
power to a bureaucracy. And that’s how America operated for most
of its first hundred years. This changed when many Americans – such
as Woodrow Wilson – fell in love with centralized bureaucratic power. Wilson was a university professor before he
moved into politics and eventually became president in 1912. A self-described “progressive reformer,”
he was impatient for power. He wasn’t interested in persuading the American
people to come over to his point of view – that would take too long. So instead, he aimed to shift lawmaking power
out of Congress and into the hands of a professional class of government workers – in other words,
bureaucrats. Franklin Roosevelt (who served in Wilson’s
cabinet) perfected his mentor’s vision when he became president. For him, as for Wilson, there were few problems
administrative power couldn’t solve. FDR’s presidency produced an alphabet soup
of new government programs that vastly expanded the administrative state. And since then, it has grown even more dramatically. Congress still passes laws. But it leaves it to the bureaucracy to fill
in the gaps. And these gaps can be enormous. Consider, for example, the Affordable Care
Act of 2009 – what came to be known as “ObamaCare.” The bill itself was over 2,500 pages, but
Congress left much unspecified. So, career government officials – elected
by no one – went to work. And by 2013, there were an additional 10,000
pages of regulations So, how do we rein in these faceless monarchs? First, Congress should actually do its job
and take responsibility for the laws it passes. Don’t hold your breath. But they at least could do this: Congress
should end legal immunity for bureaucrats who abuse their power. If they know they can be sued, they’ll be
a lot more sober about imposing rules others have to live by. Second, the courts should do their job. They must follow the law. That means protecting our constitutional freedoms,
including our right to representative government. No more bureaucratic rule-making. And, finally, we have to do our job. We must assert our freedom – in conversation,
on the web, and in the courts. We don’t want to be ruled by a king – or
thousands of little kings. As the Founders would have said, “No regulation
without representation.” I’m Philip Hamburger, professor of law at
Columbia Law School and president of the New Civil Liberties Alliance, for Prager University.

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  1. This informative video should have a spot in the next Superbowl and World Series at no cost to the University. You're welcome.

  2. If we put it in the hands of the lawmakers (the Congress and Senate) then lobbyists will be making our laws and we have already seen how horribly that works! First you have to get money out of politics!

  3. This video and many like it are nothing but empty words. Action is what we need, not words. Take this 5 minutes video, pick one government agency and Work on ending it. Show us what and how professor, let us end these useless agencies.

  4. Lord Triplett: the Duke of Cowpens; Baron of the Five Rivers; Marqui of the Blue Ridge and Thane of the Scots. Just kidding. But I am in the Order of Cincinattus. The Army of the Old Dominion had the only Rifles on earth in 1782. We invented the " Rifle". We could have taken Title and formed a Monarchy but instead we went home and surrendered our Rifles to Congress. That may have been a Mistake. You dont have to call me " Lord Triplett". You' re welcome.

  5. The biggest powers-that-be in America is the Federal Reserve a majority of which is owned by the British bank. Power placed back in English hand's. The Federal Reserve is unconstitutional empowered by the petrodollar

  6. Your narrative is partially true. Inexplicably, Prager failed to point out the birth of the Adminstrative State in 1865. Prove me wrong ! What is your counterpoint ?

  7. “An unconstitutional act is not a law; it imposes no duties; it is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed”. — Norton v. Shelby "An unconstitutional act is not a law; it binds no one”. — Huntington v. Worthen “An unconstitutional law is void, and is as no law. An offence created by it is not a crime.” — Ex parte Siebold The Supreme Court also ruled in Williams v. United States: “In expounding the Constitution of the United States, every word must have its due force and appropriate meaning; for it is evident from the whole instrument, that no word was unnecessarily used, or needlessly added….

  8. WOODROW WILSON IS A TRAITOR THAT VIOLATED HIS OATH BY TAKING AMERICA OF THE GOLD AND SILVER STANDARD AND PUT AMERICA ON A FIAT CURRENCY CENTRALIST ECONOMIC SYSTEM, AS A SLAVE OF THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY, A FUUKING COWARD CAVING INTO THEM OIL BOYS

  9. I agree, the bureaucracy needs to be reduced and possibly removed to restore our freedom once again. Bureaucracy has always been a problem for the US to continue moving forward. In fact this is one thing that Trump does it right as he is reducing the bureaucracy.

  10. CEOs of companies such as Procter&Gamble.

    It's better to just have a monarchy that you can overthrown than a net of companies that lobby every government and are untouchable.

  11. Right now its the perpetually offended, sjw, professional victim, pc police, authoritarian liberals who are in charge. At least before we kill every last one. Clocks ticking. It's coming commie libtards.

  12. I don't know much about the legal system for the US, but did they really give bureaucrats legal immunity in their job?

  13. "Put together almost any three or four random letters, and chances are you've stumbled on a government agency."

    haha

  14. Lets be honest! Lady Gaga did not fall in Love with Bradley Cooper. Lady Gaga fell in Love with a sound teachnican. R Kelly fell in Love with various girls/women.

  15. Oh I think the REAL power behind your “czars” are the business people n corporations who buy them for Political gain!

  16. I absolutely agree that bureaucrats should be reined in and made responsible for their actions (punished when oppressive). But do we really need to convene congress every time we need to decide a question like, "What's the best fire extinguisher to put on passenger planes?" Administrative agencies are necessary and legitimate for their expertise and the fact that congress does not have the time to make every government decision that comes up. But limit their power and provide consequences. Give the "people" the right to stop the abuse.

  17. Hi I'm the government, can I help you. Well fill out the paperwork and take a seat and I will be with you shortly.

  18. He who pays the piper calls the tune. And who prints our money out of thin air and gets paid for it? When the US Government was supposed to print its own. When it was SUPPOSED to only be gold and silver for legal tender. The private FED, that's who. And who owns the Fed? ((( ))) that's who. But they are just pawns. Read Psalms 2.

  19. I've been writing for yrs, Phone calls until I gave up. We are under an unconstitutional police state. I am 65 and my health is gone. Good Luck.

  20. talks about farmers. Ignores that nore than forty percent of US farmland is owned by monsanto alone. ITS THE BEAUROCRATS. Also takes shots at FDR's programs while ignoring the fact that the FSA is the only reason that farmers survived the Dust Bowl. lol. Pseuds.

  21. I've always stated, since I heard about it.
    Imperial rule kept us safe, Government keeps us in fear. Look into history. This is true.

  22. Our lawmakers are useless lazy cowards that dont care a furry fig about us and there isnt much we can do about it.

  23. you missed the media elites who own massive disproportionate control of the public airwaves, television and cable. CNN is owned by Warner Media, but owned by AT&T… too big to fail? too big to REGULATE.

  24. Our government cares about money and power sooner or later there will be a tipping point and there will be a push back I hope to be a part of it when it comes.

  25. Unelected unchecked authority of NGO's have been the problem for Way to long. The lack of civics that used to be taught has dumbed down a whole generation and only recently has the truth begun to come to the front and it drives our oppressors nuts and it shows in thier arguments turn into desperate vitriol when their ideas are challenged and nothing to come back with anything of substance. Hopefully were not to late. Continue to LET FREEDOM RING 🔔🇺🇸👍

  26. 1.CONGRESS SHOULD END IMMUNITY FOR BUREACRATS WHO ABUSE THEIR POWER.
    2.THE COURTS SHOULD DO THEIR JOB, THEY SHOULD FOLLOW THE U.S CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. THAT MEANS PROTECTING
    OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS, INCLUDING OUR RIGHTS TO REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.
    3.NO MORE BUREACRATIC RULE-MAKING
    4. WE MUST ASSERT OUR FREEDOMS-IN CONVERSATION-ON THE WEB-AND IN THE COURTS.
    5. NO REGULATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

  27. Also if you look into it, these bureaucrats are the real reason why we are trillions of dollars in debt because of these power hungry butthooks that are not elected into office and yielding the strength of the government behind them and held to no regard! What we need to do is demand our elected officials to be held accountable by placing term limits on them and hold them to the Federal Governments GS Pay and Benefits Schedule then start removing the alphabet soup departments from power, like before Wilson became the POTUS then our national debt would be manageable and not so outrageous!

  28. As far as I am concern,even though I am just a foreign observer to your country's politic,elected Democratic Presidents seems to be always behind failing policies that affect your country economically & socially.The Democratic Party with their brand of liberalism coupled with socialism is causing chaos n instability to your country.You are having far too many Democratic lawmakers in Congress,who are nothing but a bunch of power crazy and corrupted hypocrites,just bend on opposing your President,even tho his administration's plans n policies are sound n geared towards making your country stable n secure.

  29. Canada’s politicians passed a trans rights law that was drafted by unelected civil servants, and its a complete disaster. Women politicians have been betraying their sisters and daughters in favour of the trans lobby, but citizens are waking up now.

  30. The #1 thing I hate about the Delta Smelt debate is that the size of the fish is used to dismiss the idea that they should be protected. Don't get me wrong, what California did was WRONG but the size of the animal in question has NOTHING to do with, well, anything.

    Protecting an endangered smelt is no more or less a valid topic of debate than protecting a whale.

    As dudes have been saying for thousands of years, size doesn't matter. A single microscopic virus can kill MILLIONS.

    A single tiny species can be the food source for many larger animals and killing out a species of tiny bug could have repercussions all across the food chain.

    The value of a species is unrelated to the size of the species and size shouldn't impact the DEBATE.

  31. While this video is definitely true, it leaves out the huge numbers of abusive regulations at the state, county and local levels!

  32. Worth watching very educational it's just a shame that many students in universities and campuses don't get to see these videos then again those people who control them don't want the students to know the truth about the ideology that there lecturers pushing their campers to undermine the Constitution of America and the abolition of democracy

  33. Those, that are not on the Forbes 400 list and are tied into the CIA families. More money is made killing people then helping people. Yes, The Rockerfellers included. TELL THE TRUTH.

  34. I used to get so bent over politics and then I heard this, all that matters is we keep the ideology that has a religion tied in with laws out of our government as we have recently seen. It is so bad I cant name it for I will be labeled

  35. So the constitution failed, the US govt expanded beyond the "limits" of the piece of paper with written opinion on it (which is no real limit), and the solutions offered relies mainly on other agenda-driven people or a bunch of individuals with no real ability to change things. How pathetic!

  36. Lobbyists right our laws and they work for the financial rulers of the world. Your pipe dream is about fifty years too late.

  37. This happens all over the globe. In most countries I believe. Lawmaking only gives a slight vision on a change and actual implementation is delegated to whose you call bureaucrats.

  38. Hilary Clinton apparently…..have you ever seen anyone more guilty and if the most inhuman crimes yet! Not in prison or even in court.nothing nada

  39. THE REAL QUESTION? WHO ARE THE MOST PWERFUL RULERS THAT LITERALLY MAKE PEOPLE BOW IN THEIR PRESENCE LIKE OLD HORROR MEDIEVAL STORIES! THESE MONARCHS ALSO CONTROL MOST OF THE WEALTH AND THEY LIKE WARS CREATING REFUGEES FOR AMERICANS TO PAY FOR! MONARCHS DESTROY ECONOMIES! THEY ALSO ARE A SYMBOL FOR RICHNESS LIKE NO OTHER AND UNTIL THEY ARE NOT REMOVED PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO DO CORRUPT THINGS TO MAKE MONEY LIKE THE ROYALS OF THE WORLD! EVERYONE IS A SINNER, THEY WILL ENVY THEIR LAVISH EXPENSIVE LIFESTYLE!

  40. This problem is not unique to the USA. The bureaucrats in Australia are paid many times more than the Prime Minister.
    This is totally wrong and needs urgent correction.
    I'm sure it's the same in most countries.

  41. The most powerful people in America are not the citizens. If I did a tenth of what the powerful in government did I would be in prison forever.

  42. Dang….these people are worse than the Royalty the French beheaded during the French revolution. Get the guillotine lads.

  43. This macro view of unelected bureaucrats misses those in the "education" establishment. Public schools, which should be designated properly as Government schools, are fiefdoms unto themselves. Controlled by unelected bureaucrats, hired by elected school boards, these tiny kingdoms screw over many naive students with stupid policies and directives. I've known and seen the results of so-called "Superintendents", who can be ruthless in their dealings with well-intentioned teachers, many of whom are dismissed or punished for minor infractions and not following the "party" line. Kind of like mini-communist states, the Bourgeois (a-la Marx) control with an iron fist and can destroy many a career over meaningless issues.

    Yes, I had my share of run-ins with these types. They're overpaid, underworked idiots who contribute very little to teaching, and I truly believe they have significantly impacted the dumbing down of Americans over the past century.

  44. Pass the Convention of States Article V proposal by 34 states so we can put the
    pressure on congress to be our servants instead of us fearing them

  45. There are insidious hidden individuals who are above the little kings. They are the parasitic Zionists who have taken control of the USA. They've had plans to destroy the United States of America back in 1848.

  46. Those responding here who are saying, “It’s the fault of big business.” “Citizens United is to blame.” “Lobbyists are the most powerful.” are missing the point of this video. Big business and special interest lobbyists are being served through these government bureaucracies. If you’ve got lifelong bureaucrats making favorable decisions for you, you don’t NEED elected officials. The only thing you need elected officials to do is abdicate their responsibilities to the bureaucrats. The rest is easy. I agree with the video. The bureaucrats are the real kings of our country. All of the special interests are just petitioners. If these agencies were not allowed to make sweeping decisions, elected officials would be required to answer to the people for stupid regulations. It’s not the people influencing decisions that are in control, it’s those who are empowered to make those decisions. One more thing, though. We must add to the unelected power of bureaucracy the unelected power of the judiciary as a legitimate problem.

  47. All has risen from the internet, more groups than ever, more terrorists connecting, funding, soros, all evil and the left socialist communist groups rising in our government with face their fate soon enough so we can restore power in our country, God bless Donald Trump🇺🇸

  48. Read about post-1989 former Soviet satellite states, like Poland. It too many years for them to get rid of what they called the nomenklatura. These were/are unelected bureaucrats who were not interested in anything – except ensuring that their big unelected government admin stays big and powerful (i.e. protecting their own jobs).

  49. Good video. Agree, People who are in power with no repercussions for their actions tend to lose sight of their true duties and responsibilities.

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