Interest - Bureaucracy

Originally created by Jethro Tull
6 years ago.

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DarthKitty
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DarthKitty 22 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTP 153 337C
I like Bureaucracy only in that the alternatives are all seemingly far, far, far worse.
Bacteriophage
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Bacteriophage 22 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTP 5w4 93C
What are these alternatives you mention? Why are they all so much worse?
DarthKitty
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DarthKitty 22 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTP 153 337C
Bureaucracy, an (overly) ordered system, is much preferable to a system of anarchy, or despotism, to name a couple of examples.

In an anarchic system, everybody does whatever they want - no restrictions. If I want to kill you, nothing's stopping me from trying.

In a despotic system, one person or group of people governs a country however they want. Slightly different from a monarchy, in that monarchs set up rules, whereas despots pretty much do whatever they want, without the rules.

I'd much rather that there's an orderly system, even if it does take ten times longer for anything to get done, than that everybody, or one person, does whatever.

Also, and you probably didn't intend this, but it sort of comes across like you're attacking me there, hence the F-.
Bacteriophage
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Bacteriophage 22 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTP 5w4 93C
Nope, I'm not attacking you. I was simply hoping for you to elaborate on your statement. If this was a real conversation, you would know from my curious, thoughtful, interested tone. Then again, you would probably think I was attacking you anyway, since I seem to be not particularly good at conveying my intent through body language (the fact that I tend to turn around and walk away from a conversation I am genuinely interested in doesn't help). Anyway, sorry!

In the same tone I wish I could have indicated in my last post:

Interesting... I definitely agree that bureaucracy is better that the alternatives you mention. Do you view bureaucracy as an inevitable byproduct of any "orderly" system, an annoying and preventable problem that just pales in comparison to the other evils you mention, a useful means of preventing anarchy or despotism, or something else entirely that I am too thickheaded to grasp?
DarthKitty
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DarthKitty 22 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTP 153 337C
It seems to me that bureaucracy is a natural (although not necessarily good) byproduct of orderly systems wherein a large number of people share varying amounts of power, yes.