I read about the people in and around the FDR administration who marveled at Hitler's economic turn-around or how Mussolini was able to get the trains to run on time (by killing the conductors). These same statists are with us today, crying that we don't have a good 5-Year Plan or bemoaning our lack of 'energy policy'. Of course, totalitarian states are much less messy than freedom and, by golly, those stadium card displays in North Korea are so impressive.
Thirty years ago we were told the Japanese were going to eat our lunch because they had a national plan and we didn't. Thirty years of stagflation later, I don't hear the enthusiasm much from the same sources.