Comments: Creating Scarcity

The deprofessionalization of federal bureaucracy would make Max Weber cry in his schnapps (or whatever he drank). It's terrifying, because it makes us look more and more like one of those cronyist states we used to look down on -- banana republics, etc. -- and raises all kinds of historical specters.

There's an HNN op-ed piece on that topic I've wanted to write for a while; it might be time.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at February 10, 2006 07:09 PM

We don't just "look" more like one of those corrupt states, we're becoming one. Part of the point of a civil service is to have continuity, to have experience and knowledge available to each new Administration.

An Administration so extreme, so inflexible, and so blinkered as to insist that reality be changed to fit its beliefs is more of a danger to us than these articles are willing to admit.

Posted by Anne at February 11, 2006 11:26 AM