This is how best to understand the ever-growing, and overpowering, federal “administrative state.” Over generations, when you don’t trust subsidiarity and civil society, and you do trust the federal government and technocrats, not only does the federal government grow, you have executive branch agencies dictating more and more rules. So we see hundreds of thousands of pages of federal regulations, countless executive orders, federal guidance documents, and “Chevron deference,” the policy of court’s trusting that federal agencies and their rules and interpretations are right.

So more and more of our lives are dictated by unelected federal administrators who honest-to-goodness believe that they have the right answers.