An American Approach to Planning

January 1977
Challenge (05775132);Jan/Feb77, Vol. 19 Issue 6, p21
Academic Journal
Many Americans have an instinctively negative reaction to the word "planning" when it is applied to government activities. To them it has a connotation alien to this country's way of doing things. Much of this anxiety stems from the fact that people envisage a small group of technocrats, insulated from criticism, who will achieve centralized power and impose a rigid program on an unwilling electorate, while destroying all private-sector freedom and market mechanisms in the process. Obviously, no one who cares about American liberties could possibly relish such an outcome. Fortunately, there is nothing in the nature of planning that requires such an undemocratic process. The problem is rather that proponents of planning have failed to make clear how the dangers that frighten so many people are to be avoided. The committee does not advocate a planned society. With the benefit of foresight, the committee expects that any necessary government intervention will be more considered more timely, and less heavy-handed.


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