Friday, 10 October 2008

The bureaucratic state we are in.....

. ...this is going to be a bit of a rant so please excuse me. As some people reading this may know I am not particularly well and, gently urged along by my loving partner, decided today might be a good day to register at a doctors and try and get things sorted. Little did I know I would end up chasing my NHS number, something I never knew I had, and having to chase precisely which practice's catchment area I was in; all a bit of a nightmare when the next breath is proving a little challenging.

It has come to my attention that there is little you can actually do in this country unless you have reams of proof of who you are and what the hell you are doing in the first place. This has lead me to a wider conclusion that calling for justified cutbacks on bureaucracy and as much simplification should be at the core of progressive politics. I have often said before 'small-statism' is in fact the clarion call of the radical left and this is something I stand by; I have no inherent problem with the democratisation of things like the health service as long as that is not a by-word for it's cannibalisation by the market.

Socialists have made the extreme folly of statism, in contradiction to their true heritage, and liberalism worships the blind chaos of the market in place of the stultifying bureaucratic state.
Worshipping the market leads to a clear stand against democracy and not freedom of any kind: for example, this is how Charlotte Gore responded for my call for economic democracy;

"Darrell you've shocked me.

There is *no way* that you could replace a CEO with some sort of democratic mob rule of a company. "

Progressive politics are against unnecessary bureacracy because it gets in the way of the people getting the services they need. Empowerment and democracy are it's watchwords.

10 comments:

asquith said...

My watchword would be "humanity". Something missing from large bureaucracies & large corporations...

Charlotte Gore said...

You're kidding? Corporations and bureaucracies are *full* of humans :D

Darrell G said...

Lol I can go with that one too Asquith...not run on the basis of the common good of those humans though are they Charlotte?

Charlotte Gore said...

Well in that they all get paid and the existence of the company and the company being successful is better than the opposite, then yes they are.

But a company that exists purely for the sake of its employees is doomed to failure.

Charlotte Gore said...

Exhibit A: The Civil Service

Darrell G said...

The civil service does not 'exist purely for the sake of it's employees' so thats rather flawed isnt it...

Besides thats really not what im posing...im posing existing for the 'sake of employees' and 'wider society'.....

Charlotte Gore said...

society is served best by Capitalism :)

Darrell G said...

But does capitalism serve society or society end up serving capitalism?? :)

Charlotte Gore said...

mutually beneficial arrangement. ;)

Come on, seriously, look at societies that have embraced capitalism and compare them to those that have not. History is on my side here!!

Ideally each individual should be trading with others for mutual benefit too, voluntarily, without force.

I am of course against deliberate fraud, coercion and the use of force. These things do happen and it's the proper function of the state to prevent those things happening. :)

Darrell G said...

Thats because those that havent tried bypass it entirely and managed somehow to overthrow it before it even existed in any meaningful form there...

After that you slip into advocating some kind of voluntary pre-capitalist batering...ebay is the way forward???

I am glad you are against those things...so am i :)