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PostSubject: The parasitic elites   Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:23 pm

The democratic state does not have any particular protections to prevent appropriation of public devices by various interest groups, and is exceptionally susceptible to such appropriation. As a result of this, cancerous regulations and pathological institutions protect the interests of small groups, and become a burden to the rest. Particular pieces of the state start serving different interest groups in an unco-ordinated, irrational, and always costly way.

It works like this: a given group, e.g. astrologists, referring, of course, to the common good and vital interests of the state, force a law, according to which each employee must have a horoscope done annually. This way he can protect himself, his employers, his family, and the whole country from the effects of accidents at work, most of which could be avoided thanks to the horoscopes. As justification for the law, they present the scale of accidents happening, estimate their social cost, and the promised advantages of common, astrological work protection.

In order to guarantee the quality of this protection, its authors usually propose creation of a new office, which they would obviously fill themselves, or point to an existing chamber, guild, or other organisation which will care for this quality and which they control. This institution will sponge off the astrologists, charging them for their right to exercise their profession, off the employees and the employers by forcing them to finance the horoscopes, and off state controllers by adding to their work in new controls.

The actual benefits achieved by those behind such an idea, in this case the payment of the astrologists for their certificates, usually constitute a small percentage of the full social cost, which are not smaller than the price of all the horoscopes written. It would be cheaper for the state to pay the clever authors of the law a life-long, or even hereditary, salary amounting to twice or even five times as much as they would make on selling the certificates – a kind of ransom for abstaining from legislative initiative. But there are many innovators, and paying ransom by the state is difficult to justify; it is somehow easier to agree to mandatory Health and Safety training, medical examinations, chimney-sweeping or fire-hazard inspections, as well as financial, social, ecological audits, inspections, controls, etc.

The creation and stability of pathological social devices thrives on the superstition of professionalism, according to which specialists, say a doctors, are more competent and appropriate for shaping the state within the scope of healthcare than the patients. And they do, but having more of their own interest in mind than the interest of the patients, which is hardly a surprise.

As a consequence, we have hospitals and clinics for doctors, schools for teachers, universities for scholars, bureaus for bureaucrats, roads for road builders, newspapers for journalists, agriculture for farmers, law for lawyers, accounting for accountants, and by the way we have a parliament for MPs and a government for ministers. This system obviously serves the regular specialists or bureaucrats to a small extent, they are just an army, which the elites of their professions lead to a fight with other elites for the size of their piece of the country. Also they are the losers, not just their clients. As a matter of fact, they are usually not conscious participants in the parasitism, nor do they actually succumb to the stupefying indoctrination within the so-called professional ethics.

It is hard to point out un-infected areas of the state. The more difficult it is to find a centre which would see the whole and somehow harmonise the specialised areas. The whole is visible, but only rarely, in public finances, in which the costs of parasitism may be well hidden, but their sum appears in the end as a budget deficit. The second area in which the symptoms of the illness are clear is the fall in the quality of living of society, and mostly in its wealth, showing through from under the make-up of statistical indicators.

The parasitic elites are little interested in the state and rarely notice all issues connected with it. This creates some hope for the future, that the state appropriated by them will become so costly and dysfunctional, that it will have to either shake the parasites off, or die. In the face of such arguments authority becomes deaf to the arguments of the so-called milieus and the rhetoric of the elites.


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PostSubject: Re: The parasitic elites   Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:22 am

seems that parasitic elites emerge in (from?) post-democratic, post-politics, post-truth societies:

http://www.lacan.com/badtruth.htm


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