Bureaucracy: A Root Evil
At the root of this growing evil is the very nature of bureaucracy, especially political bureaucracy. French economist Frédéric Bastiat offered an early warning in 1854 that laws, institutions, and acts — the stuff of political bureaucracy — produce economic effects that can be seen immediately, but that other, unforeseen effects happen much later. He claimed that bad economists look only at the immediate, seeable effects and ignore effects that come later, while good economists are able to look at the immediate effects and foresee effects, both good and bad, that come later.
Rules of Bureaucracy
- Rule #1: Maintain the problem at all costs! The problem is the basis of power, perks, privileges, and security.
- Rule #2: Use crisis and perceived crisis to increase your power and control.
- Rule 2a. Force 11th-hour decisions, threaten the loss of options and opportunities, and limit the opposition’s opportunity to review and critique.
- Rule #3: If there are not enough crises, manufacture them, even from nature, where none exist.
- Rule #4: Control the flow and release of information while feigning openness.
- Rule 4a: Deny, delay, obfuscate, spin, and lie.
- Rule #5: Maximize public-relations exposure by creating a cover story that appeals to the universal need to help people.
- Rule #6: Create vested support groups by distributing concentrated benefits and/or entitlements to these special interests, while distributing the costs broadly to one’s political opponents.
- Rule #7: Demonize the truth tellers who have the temerity to say, “The emperor has no clothes.”
- Rule 7a: Accuse the truth teller of one’s own defects, deficiencies, crimes, and misdemeanors.