Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Peter Principle

Dr Lawrence Peter elucidated the “Peter Principle”, by which in any hierarchy people keep getting promoted till they reach a job they are incompetent at.
He also noted the “Edifice Complex” - the need that many people who have “risen to their level of incompetence” have to create some giant symbol of their tenure in office. Maybe a building, maybe something else, but almost always quite useless if not counterproductive.
That seems to me to be the heart of the middle class left wing mentality.
Contrast CS Lewis, who proposed to establish “the Stagnation Party” which would campaign by promising that nothing of importance would happen during their term in power.
What would we give to be able to change the last few years to mere stagnation?

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