Small government is “impossible”, and locally controlled education is “stupid”. We can stop right there. If this is what Cohen truly believes, then it is clear that he is the one who is intellectually bankrupt.
Moreover, his words demonstrate the deep misanthropy of the left. At the core of their belief system (Yes, that is what it is) is the conviction that people are incapable of governing themselves, and need to be ruled by a higher, non-God, authority, namely them.