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The Jerk Factor in bureaucracies and their clients

Posted by Barry Growe on Wednesday, May 26, 2010,

There is a strong undercurrent, the Jerk Factor, in many of the interactions between clients and bureaucracies. This undercurrent is caused by the small percentage of bureaucrats and the small percentage of clients who act like jerks. These jerks have a disproportionately large effect on the interactions between honest clients and hard-working, service-oriented bureaucrats.

Imagine a pile of recently caught fish that could feed hungry people. Imagine the flies that swarm around that pile as ...


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Scapegoating government bureaucracy

Posted by Barry Growe on Sunday, May 23, 2010,

Imagine if there had been laws to prevent the misbehaviour of bankers, brokers, bosses and other wheeler-dealers that led to the global economic collapse in 2008. Would those laws have been denounced by some as “bloated, unnecessary bureaucracy”? You betcha.

When you hear someone criticizing excessive bureaucracy, look carefully at what they’re saying. Dogmatists who advocate fewer laws and regulations regardless of the human consequences often blame bureaucracy for “overregulation....


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