The Kaus-Reynolds Paradox:
1. A government agency fails.
2. When it finally ‘fesses up, the failure is immediately consigned to the memory hole and no one in power is held responsible.
3. The consequences of its failure are then used as a justification for giving that agency more power over ordinary citizens who had nothing to do with the failed policies and botched operations.
Give more power to the police after a policeman commits murder. The logic of the Administrative State is something out of Lewis Carroll. The answer to every problems always involves increasing the power of government-- even when the problems come from government in the first place.
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There are no consequences for failure and malfeasance. To the contrary, they are rewarded and, hence, encouraged.
Saturday in London we saw one of the results that arise when the Kaus-Reynolds Paradox is ignored.
The Met cannot keep London's streets safe, but they can still bring the hammer down on women at a vigil for a murder victim.
This is becoming a troubling pattern for the UK. After the revelations about grooming gangs and the exploitation of thousands of young girls, police departments across the country re-doubled their efforts – to shut down mean posts on social media.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
Honore de Balzac, The Bureaucrats
Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago