When important tasks are done badly or inefficiently (e.g., hyperbureaucratically) there are several potential explanations that range across an interesting spectrum of failure:

But there's yet another reason for apparent fecklessness: misperception by the outside observer. A critic can be simply wrong --- s/he doesn't know what's really going on. It happens; I have to plead guilty myself, when I've plunged into a new field and prematurely thought that I'd gotten it all figured out. Sometimes things aren't as simple as they look; sometimes the idiots on the other side of the desk have reasons for what they're doing. What's needed, in order to help things get better, is a combination of patience, tolerance, and a willingness to learn.

Which in the context of politics reminds me of Winston Churchill's remark:

Many forms of government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried from time to time.

(see also PolicyMaking (6 Oct 2002), ...)

TopicOrganizations - 2002-10-20

(correlates: WeHappyFew, BeingThere, ForTheVisuallyImpaired, ...)