If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
—Lynyrd Skynrd, “Freebird” (1973)
On a recent episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart interviewed author Peter Schuck about his new book, Why Government Fails So Often. Stewart asked Schuck why conversations about government are so often focused on conflicts within institutions rather than on the business of governing.
Good natured and earnest, Schuck explained that government institutions simply weren’t, as a practice, measured for delivering value. “People would rather talk about what they wish ...