There\’s no escaping Worstall\’s Law

Last year, a former executive director, Charles Secrett, accurately accused it and other green groups of being “out of touch, ineffective and bureaucratic”, adding: “Interminable meetings, not action, are the order of most days.”

Happens even to Friends of the Earth.

Worstall\’s Law: In the end, any and every organisation will be run by those who can stay awake in committee.

7 comments on “There\’s no escaping Worstall\’s Law

  1. Much better if “activist” groups spend each and every day wrangling in committee. Let them die in their chairs.

    Without taxpayers’ money of course.

  2. Reminds me of Jerry Pournelle’s “Iron Law of Bureaucracy:

    “…in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.”

  3. Which is why capitalism is viewed as working by a process of “creative destruction”.
    Someone has a good idea, friends/fellow geeks support it; it grows; then the bureaucrats take over and kill it.
    His nephew has another good idea, friends/family (who may have got 1% or so of the benefit of the first idea)/fellow geeks support it etc etc

  4. I wouldn’t have thought that capitalism is the destructive aspect. Human nature is the process which destroys good ideas as people who aren’t natural leaders use social methods to cheat their way to the top. The bureaucrats are those failures who together have designed a system that allows them to beat everyone else to submission – committees.

    Humans are animals. No other animal organisation uses democracry to control their group. All seem to have a leader who is either there through force or birth. Though ICBW.

  5. Bureaucracy is the best of known methods for establishing an executive function in any polity larger than a village.

    Familiar criticisms of bureaucracy are almost entirely misplaced: the fault is not with the bureaucracy but with the very idea of allowing government regulation or intervention with people’s activities. Once it becomes accepted that government involvement is required, a bureaucracy is the very best, most efficient, and least invasive method for execution of that involvement.

    Unless you’ve read Mises’ BUREAUCRACY, it’s doubtful your understanding is more than “skin-deep” (and your ire and frustration misplaced).

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