The ugly side of Asimov was that he believed that the "intelligent" people should make all the decisions for the little people, and that he, naturally, was one of the ones who belonged in charge.
You can see this in his Foundation series, but other works as well.
I would go so far as to say that even though every centrally planned government that ever existed was a failure only showed him that the people in charge didn't have enough intelligence, or didn't have enough technology.
As I matured, I preferred his nonfiction. And only that where he couldn't get political.
Seems to me this story, as you described it, fits that pattern.