"Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them."
Thomas Sowell - Is Reality Optional?
And yet people continue to believe that "what sounds good" will work this time, if only we have "the right people" to implement it. Oh, and people keep voting for "what sounds good." Just look at major inner cities. You have the same type of people instituting the same basic policies over decades with no real improvements for those living in said areas.