from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The practice or doctrine of giving a centralized government control over economic planning and policy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The belief that the centralization of power in a state is the ideal or best way to organize humanity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art of governing a state; statecraft; policy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of government; hence, in a depreciative sense, policy.
The libertarian who overrules popular statism is saying "At least on this issue, I know better than most people."
But populist statism is very likely to change under the right circumstances - e.g. if the consequences of policy choices fall directly to those people advocating them.
The libertarian who refuses to overrule popular statism is saying, "Individual freedom will have to wait until the majority thinks it's a good idea."
Kennedy, like his brothers, was a believer in statism, in the goodness of large government, in the benevolent wisdom of experts and bureaucrats, in the need for Mother State to not just guard her little tax-paying chicks, but to potentially guide and shape their every step, thought, and action.
This statism is like entropy or time, a process that only proceeds in one direction, towards expansion of government power, never to its narrowing.
But the Democrats believe in "statism" --- not "liberalism" --- and that philosophy is generally mirrored by their Supreme Court nominees and not by those whose nomination they fight, tooth-and-nail.
The statism is so bad over here that we’re just tripping over all of the crushed souls.
Couldn’t federalism’s pragmatic advantage of slowing statism be an acknowledgement that less statism is morally superior to more statism and that therefore anything that reduces or slows statism is morally superior to anything that increases or speeds statism?
Jonathan Freedland's critique of what we could call "statism" in foreign policy Why wait for politicians to oust foreign tyrants?
It is better described as statism, an economic system in which the government controls the means of production.