Friday, March 31, 2017

"Perhaps Before We Know It"

Via Instapundit:  Perhaps one reason for the current revolt against giant institutions like the EU, the UN and the Federal government is a subconscious realization among Western voters that technological and social change has gotten inside the loop of bureaucratic response; that whatever is pounding on the door will prove too fast for the sclerotic central planning bureaucracies to handle. There is no longer much confidence in the capacity of legacy institutions to identify problems at long range and to intercept them before it's too late. Perhaps the most frightening thing about the Obama years was how he laughed at "Governor Romney" for warning Russia might be a problem.

They couldn't see it coming. They couldn't seem to see anything coming. Consequently the voters have decided to downsize, not necessarily in the interests of quality leadership but to optimize for reaction time; to appoint someone who will actually act -- even in error -- before it is too late.

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5 comments:

Amartel said...

Not just the capacity but the WILL of large institutions to correct problems for individual consumers/citizens. Large institutions have occupied their particular field and there's no competition. Police and lawyers and other "watch dogs" mainly just clean up after lives have been ruined and then take a big chunk of any award you've recovered for your trouble.

edutcher said...

The day the Bastille fell, Louis wrote nothing was happening, hunting was lousy.

They never see it coming.

ricpic said...

The premise this article puts forth, that giant institutions exist to solve problems, is wrong. They exist to solidify whatever power they possess and if possible add more power. In fact that is true at all levels and sizes. The stinking corrupt clique that runs your town is also mean, greedy vindictive and lives to crap on you. It's called human nature. Our Founders, miraculously, were filled with mistrust of their fellow humans AND OF THEMSELVES. But of course their ingenious attempt to keep the lust for power over others in check has been defeated by the myriad midgets full of high self-esteem.

AprilApple said...

ricpic - !!!!

edutcher said...

ricpic said...

The premise this article puts forth, that giant institutions exist to solve problems, is wrong. They exist to solidify whatever power they possess and if possible add more power

Partly right. Many institutions, having solved the problem they were formed to address, then wish to justify their continued existence.

Consider civil rights and the grievance industry.