Friday, December 16, 2005

Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy

Current Chaos Manor mail: "Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy
is that in any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the
bureaucracy itself always get in control, so that those dedicated to the
goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less
influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.
"

How often do we see any organization created to solve a problem turn into the problem it was trying to solve? All the time.

I no longer wonder why the college aged people in Sunday School have such a hard time reading the Scriptures out loud. It is obvious that teaching anything to the student is secondary to having them in school. It seems like the teachers who do make a difference are very rare or why else would they get book and movie deals. So why are school deteriorating rather then improving? Because the people in charge are generally people who want the system to enlarge rather then be effective. Goals make a difference.

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