The Corner

Inside the Immortal Stupidity Factory

From my NRODT piece, graciously released into the online wilds by the Suits here:

Betamax and the Arch Deluxe and Clairol’s Touch of Yogurt Shampoo (seriously, that existed) just get yanked off the shelves when hordes of people don’t buy them, and the great big milling laboratory of the marketplace tells Joe Businessman, who is really a research scientist seeking social value, to shelve that particular hypothesis and maybe not expect a bonus this year. But there’s no feedback mechanism like that in government, which means that when you do stupid, you do immortally stupid.

Thesis: The problem is not that government is full of wicked or stupid people; the problem is that government is asked to do things that it cannot do.

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