Bureaucracy

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Interest of David Graeber

Bureacracy means "rule by office", a word coined in 1818.[1]'

David Graeber suggests that although the concept was openly ridiculed in the 1970s it has become so ubiquitous as to go unnoticed nowadays. He writes that bureaucracies “are not themselves forms of stupidity so much as they are ways of organizing stupidity — of managing relationships that are already characterized by extremely unequal structures of imagination, which exist because of the existence of structural violence. This is why even if a bureaucracy is created for entirely benevolent reasons, it will still produce absurdities.”[2]

"Bureaucratic paranoia"

Peter Dale Scott observes in The Road To 9/11 that “Having worked briefly in the Canadian bureaucracy, I have observed that bureaucratic debate where power is involved tends to favor paranoid or worst-case analyses, especially those that justify budget and bureaucratic growth. Today's bureaucratic paranoia has indeed been institutionalized by what has been popularized as Vice President Cheney's 1% doctrine:- Even if there is just a 1% of the unimaginable coming due, act as if it is a certainty. It's not about our analysis, as Cheney said, it's about our response. Justified or not, fact based or not, our response is what matters. As to evidence, the bar was set so low that the word itself almost didn't apply. If there was even a 1% chance of terrorists getting a weapon of mass destruction, the United States must act now as if it were a certainty. This doctrine is a license for untrammeled expansion of the secret deep state.”[3]



References

  1. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170303-eight-words-that-changed-the-way-we-think
  2. The Utopia of RulesThe Utopia of Rules
  3. The Road To 9/11The Road To 9/11
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