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Do bureaucrats deserve more credit?

dragonfart28

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Not something I would normally think, but this piece is a reminder why of it's important to have a robust bureaucracy.

Ms. Hill’s testimony was widely hailed as an example of a public servant standing up for the public interest in the face of wrongdoing. And it indeed fell on the right side of a line that all public servants must walk.
There’s an important difference between the bureaucrat who publicly voices a personal disagreement with a government policy and one who has discovered something illegal or unethical, and blows the whistle.
The former is almost always wrong. Public servants must implement an administration’s policies without bias. They are unelected; they have no democratic authority to try to usurp the wishes of the elected.
In 2015, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won his first election, there was a justified outcry when civil servants in the Global Affairs department inappropriately cheered his victory when he visited their offices. Canadian bureaucrats aren’t prohibited from voting, but they have to maintain the appearance of impartiality in public and can never let personal political beliefs infect their work.
But even though the systems are different, the principle is universal: Democracy depends on bureaucrats who are professionally neutral and whose overriding allegiance is not to a political party but to the rule of law.
 
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sahlberg

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There are no problems in society that can not be solved by additional layers of bureaucracy and higher taxes.
That is why countries with higher levels of bureaucracy are always much more successful!
 
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dragonfart28

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There are no problems in society that can not be solved by additional layers of bureaucracy and higher taxes.
That is why countries with higher levels of bureaucracy are always much more successful!
It seems that way.

All the ones that make cuts to public service run into problems.
 
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Burrow rats (I hate spelling the word, and this one works better anyways) are one level below HR folks in the “Cybrwzrd hierarchy of life worth”

It’s a theory on how much the world loses in general utility should one die.

Which goes as such in descending order of usefulness.

1 - Doers
2- Teachers
3- HR goons
4- Burrow rats
5- Lawyers
 
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dragonfart28

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Blue collared workers probably top that list.

Thanks goodness for insurance.
 
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infinitys_7th

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Burrow rats (I hate spelling the word, and this one works better anyways) are one level below HR folks in the “Cybrwzrd hierarchy of life worth”

It’s a theory on how much the world loses in general utility should one die.

Which goes as such in descending order of usefulness.

1 - Doers
2- Teachers
3- HR goons
4- Burrow rats
5- Lawyers
I think I would put "Teachers" first. The worst thing in the world is a badly trained Doer, whether they are technicians or scientists or engineers.

The latter three are basically the same, though, and parasitize the rest.
 

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Bureaucrats are not our problem as much as a fake sense of "Democracy" is. The country was far more stable when voting was more about keeping the country strong vs satisfying every victim.
 
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Having spent my entire adult life in high education (first as a student / grad student, then employed for a decade), I can say that bureaucrats are most definitely the problem, not the solution, and their creep into all areas of life, work, and scholarship is a disaster.