Bureaucracy plan: The
bureaucracy plan is an idea about good democratic government that I
have since many years, and that was originally caused by my extensive
experiences with Dutch bureaucrats. The brief version is: We must try to
give the real power and the real government to the people.
is a synopsis of the main idea:
The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it
in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights.
-- H.L. Mencken
Government by the people: Instead of a bureaucracy and instead of
military service, every adult citizen in society should spend two or three years
of his or her life as a civil servant, in the type of job and with the sort of
payment one receives in ordinary life, organized on the lines of a governmental
Manpower office, also manned by such civil servants, that takes care that the
tasks now done by state bureaucracy will be done by properly and honestly by
ordinary civilians doinbg their civil service.
This is a system of
democratic government, that avoids all or most of the dangers of bureaucracy
(careerism, corruption, loyalty to - aspiring - dictators, parasitism,
incompetence, manipulation, lack of control by the population), and effectively does give the
power to the people, for it in effect delivers the everyday practical
government in the hands of the people, for the few years that they do social
service as civil servant. Besides, it makes every adult participate in actual
government during some period of his or her life, and it gives every citizen a
chance to be a civil servant, and to replace the bureaucratic caste of state
servants that currently have most of the everyday power in so-called
"democratic" states, and which is a type of man that can and should be wholly
done away with. Real power to the people - by civil service.
This must be practically feasible, since very few bureaucratic jobs
require much special expertise, knowledge of schooling that people
working outside bureaucracy in society do no already have.
Two important guiding principles here are:
- ALL political and bureaucratic
positions should be temporal and for a few years at most
- ALL political and bureaucratic
positions should involve public accountability after the job is
finished as regards finances spent and decisions made
while the position was exercised
Note that what exists at present, in all states, everywhere, is just
Bureaucratic and political functions have become positions a persons
holds for life, and indeed quite often holds through generations, as if
it is hereditary nobility: Children of politicians become politicians,
often in their twenties without having had any real social job, and all
such functions tend to be for life, dependent on and furthered by
friends and colleagues who likewise hold bureaucratic and political
functions for life.
The result is an effective caste of governors and administrators,
consisting of friends, colleagues, and family members, who all protect
each other and help promote each other, and whose real and effective
moral main principle is to help, to protect and to promote ones
colleagues because they are colleagues, and because the pension rights,
perks, and side benefits of conformist correct helping each other to
power and to serve power are great.
The advantages of being a decent, conformist, well-behaved bureaucrat
who does as he has been told by his superiors and colleagues have become
very great in such careers that extend through a whole life, for all
politically correct conformers: Excellent pensions, many special rights,
perks and subsidies for oneself and one's children; many special
advantages of the functions one has for a long time, both legal, illegal
and in-between; for politicians excellent chances on high bureaucratic
functions like mayorships and commissariats of important firms; and for
all of the higher ranks the advantages of being well-known public face
with easy access to the media, and for getting one's way with the help
of friends and colleagues.
I regard all this as dangerous: Democratic government is government
by the people, and not by a caste of lifelong governors, whether
bureaucrats or politicians, for that corrupts and makes impossible for
the governed to control their governors.
Thence the bureaucracy plan: Give the power to the people by
making every sane citizen in principle a state-servant for some years,
in a function for which he or she has the expertise already, from his or
her normal job, and with similar pay, but for a limited time, and with
effective financial and political control after the temporal function
has been laid down again, and the person who exercised returns to his
normal social job and position.
So, what's all this in aid of?
Negatively, taken together, the
Democracy Plan and Bureaucracy
Plan are aimed to prevent bad
government; bad governors; bad, incompetent or corrupt civil servants (a
entity I want to see - almost, say apart from professional ambassadors
and a few
similar jobs for highly qualified highly trained persons - wholly
non-existent); the "democratic" choice of incompetents, careerists,
or aspiring dictators by a majority of the misled (it is probably quite
that "not everyone can be fooled all of the time", but surely it is also
that vast "democratic" majorities have been effectively fooled and
of the time in very many cases: Enlightened minorities are almost
unenlightened majorities may decide who is to govern them, and what
rational and fair); despotic government, police or military powers; and
they aim to further a government of the people, by the
people and for the people, on the basis of policies elected by those best
qualified to judge, but maintained by all in the few years in one's life
each does social service as civil servant - which incidentally should also
contribute to the personal education and social understanding of all.
Positively, taken together, the sort of society I want:
A society governed by its total adult population through some years of civil
service, that replaces nearly all of present state bureaucracies, with its
ruling Úlite and policies selected by and from the highly educated of the
society, and such that everyone is given the same chance on the best
education, which is made available to all who are capable of it.
A society dedicated to the furthering of
science and technology, first
and foremost furthered by education, schools and universities,
in the interest of all, where everyone has the right to be fed, educated,
housed, clothed and provided with work that fits his capacities and
inclinations, and where all have the freedoms of speech, discussion,
publication, movement, opinion, argumentation, production and selling, all only
bound by and regulated by public laws, maintained by independent public courts,
with public judgments.
A society where everyone is in principle expected to interact by peaceful
cooperation, free discussion, with resort to independent third parties to
resolve conflicts, and by mutual agreement, contracts or promises that are
expected to stand if freely agreed to.
A society whose citizens are expected to be intelligent, informed, educated,
witty, rational, reasonable, cooperative, fair, honest, and where everyone has a
fair chance of a bearable life, the development of any personal talents, and is
fairly rewarded according to real merit.