"Bureaucracy defends
the status quo
long past the time
when the quo
has lost its status."
Laurence J. Peter
(1919-1990) American educator, "hierarchiologist", best known for the formulation of the 'Peter Principle'
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 -- Ray Bergendoff, auburn me      
 -- Mary, Michigan      
The Peter Principle, one great book. It explains why every organization eventually has bad management somewhere along the way.
 -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Bureacracy is another aspect of "work to rule" public service unions that, for the most poart, we could all do without. Most public service agencies should be privatized and under contract to actually perform.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    This is good and is a necessity in a large society. Otherwise every one would be changing things daily. "Standard Operating Procedures" should continue to be "SOP" until the correct authority changes it. Bureacracy was created to end the spoils system of politics and to protect government for the whims of incoming hacks.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    "correct authority...protect government" Waffler ever the communist advocate. At what point Waffler, do we shut down a CRIMINAL system? At what point do you stop Government in its tracks from taking everything you have? According to you, never! I guees we should all just acknowledge that we are government property to be fleeced like sheep. Or we could act like Americans and shut this petty tyranny down. Vote them all out!
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    His words ring true to all educators.
     -- Johann Hollar, St. Paul     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    Leave it to Waffler (retired government employee) to twist the opposite meaning out of a quote to support his own love of bureaucracy.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    If Archer would ever study history he would know that there is no twisting going on here. Sometime in the 19th century a form of civil service testing and bureaus were established to prevent political hacks from changing things at whim. If he did any reading at all he would know that hearings and time for public comment are constanly established when any change in the way of doing things is contemplated. He undoubtedly objects even to this public comment idea since he abhors not really government but he abhors people, the public, the so called collective. He in effect wants to do whatever he wants to do and every one else including his neighbor be damned.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler, the quote describes you exactly.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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