Pournelle's Law Of Iron Bureaucracy

Pournelle's Law of Iron Bureuacracy.

"Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions."

We do tend to conflate the hard working dedicated worker in the bureaucracy and the power hungry entitlement seeking minion whenever talk of reducing the bureaucracy comes up.  The latter group is toxic.

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