The ultimate bureaucracy

I’ve disliked the EU ever since, in a moment of absolute insanity, I took a class on EU law when I was in law school. It was a Kafka-esque nightmare — and that was just studying about it, not experiencing it.

If you want some small insight into experiencing it, read this Spiegel article that describes what happens when you have unfettered bureaucratism — all in the name of the public good, of course. People who fear the European economic juggernaut (my mother says there’s now talk of going off the dollar standard and onto the Euro standard) might want to contemplate EU regulations before they panic.

The minute detail of these regulations presages two things for the European economy: stagnation, as people struggle to deal with bureaucratic meddling that stifles innovation and marketplace movement; and crime — not violent crime, but the exponential growth of a black market where people violate the bureaucracy left and right. Neither trajectory bodes well for economic growth or stability.


4 Responses

  1. I have often thought about this very topic when it comes to the average, law-abiding person. On a very small scale, I know from personal experience that I would violate a law that I thought bureaucratic and imposing, even if it weren’t passed by some lawmaker, somewhere. For example, I took my youngest daughter to see “Enchanted” and we smuggled in a bag of pistachios, some golden raisins and a half bag of butterscotch chips, the sort of stuff they never sell. And two cans of diet Coke. If I wanted to pay for a medium bag of popcorn and a large soda…we are talking at least 10 bucks. Not. Gonna. Pay. Period.

  2. As an aside… For any who may think that Term Limits are a good idea for elected politicians, the EU’s unfettered bureaucratism is something to study.

    If you remove powerful and knowledgeable elected officials simply for being around too long and gaining too much experience, then you transfer that acquired knowledge and experience and power to career bureaucrats. Take a look at the EU to see what an awful mess that can cause.

  3. Oceanguy,

    Most of the EU commissioners, as opposed to career bureaucrats, are washed up national politicians, so you gt the worst of both worlds.

    The press contributes to the bureaucratic mess by passing on hyped up press releases from advocacy groups. These are intended to scare the public into demanding action. I’ve often thought that Germany should put something like Valium in the drinking water. A greenpeace logo and two headlines can set this country off for months.

  4. The obvious solution is to limit the terms of bureacrats. Decreasing their salaries and benefits the more senior that they are, would do the trick.

    They would kick themselves out and join lobbies without any other effort on our part.

    The trick in government is making them do things without forcing them to. Just motivating them.

    By the way, Book, the EU was looked upon as the counter-weight to the American superpower. How is that working for them, eh?

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