Academic and author Erich Kirchler, a specialist in economic psychology, says in Austria and Germany, citizens are aware of the dangers of an overmighty
state from their World War II experience.
Senior US and Iraqi officials have told me that Iraq's overmighty
militias can only be emasculated through military confrontation.
In other words, were these central bankers "overmighty
citizens" and acting with "unelected power"?
Begun when I was still in my 20s, it too was an essay in idealism, arguing that the American uprising of 1776 and the constitution that followed in 1787 were a rebellion against a system of government under which we Britons still laboured two centuries later - albeit with an overmighty
, overcentralised government in place of the bewigged King George.
Mr Kinnock says the "overmighty
Treasury should be broken up and restructured to reflect and engage with the devolved nations" with the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland "invited to a series of summits with the chancellor of the exchequer and the prime minister, with a view to agreeing the comprehensive devolution of domestic spending, borrowing and taxation."
Countries with concerns about an overmighty
neighbor, such as Iran or a newly truculent Russia, and in need of reassurance will welcome the American emphasis on maintaining a forward presence for the same reasons as Japan and the Philippines, moderated only by concerns about the relative priority apparently accorded their respective regions when compared with the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
Going back on Margaret Thatcher's trade union reforms will bring chaos to Britain as overmighty
union leaders force through wages and conditions industry simply cannot afford (we live in a global market).
But the fact of the matter is that our region faces the risk of being squeezed between an overmighty
London in the south and a resurgent Scotland making the most of its newfound freedoms to the north if nothing is done.
In concluding this book, Ferguson points out that the common thread in the growth of unaccountable elites, the explosion of regulation, the corrosion of rule of law, and the shrinking of civil society is the fact of the overmighty
Kings had to keep in check the nobles whom Shakespeare aptly called "overmighty
subjects," even as they ruled through them.
She says we could go back to precrash times of housing bubbles, overmighty
banks and inequality or enjoy a future of "high-skill, high-pay, highproductivity" that "shares prosperity".
A generation after the fall of Communism, Russian politics come to this: An overmighty
autocrat masquerading as a democrat sits atop a corrupt and centralised bureaucracy confronted by a single credible challenger without a political party - or much hope of staying out of jail.