Making Government Unnecessary III

Large and unwieldy governments such as those of China, the EU, the USA, or Russia, must be dismantled piece by piece. The most salient aspect of large government is bureaucracy. Dismantling bureaucracy — making bureaucracy unnecessary — is a good start.

Alexei Kudrin — the man who saved Russia from collapsing after Putin’s huge gaffes of 2014 — predicts something along those lines:

“Soon technology will replace many of the functions of government. The technology of block chains can almost completely replace the state bureaucracy. Society will be able on its own to solve various issues as well as make contracts and agreements.” __ Alexei Kudrin quoted here

Bureaucracy is the human response to increasing size and complexity of societies and organisations. The larger and more complex the population concerned, the more levels of hierarchy and control that must be created in order to regulate the people and processes.

Bureaucracy is the technology of control. It is ideologically and practically opposed to disorder and irregularity. Problem is, in an age of discontinuity, it’s the irregular people with irregular ideas who create the irregular business models that generate the irregular returns. __ Gary Hamel in Harvard Business Review

But bureaucracy tends to grow rigid over time, with people promoted to their highest levels of incompetence, based upon their ability to conform and practise groupthink.

In times of rapid change and unpredictability, rigid bureacracies have fatal weaknesses — as the governments of Russia and France discovered in World War I.

Bureaucracies Promote Incompetence

Since over time bureaucracies exist mainly to perpetuate and enlarge themselves, they never learn the lessons of their own weaknesses and dysfunctions.

Bureaucracy is gripped by“the ideology of controlism” and “worships at the altar of conformance.” It’s hostile to “the irregular people with irregular ideas who create the irregular business models that generate the irregular returns,” and so “cripples organizational vitality.” It “shrinks our incentive to dream, imagine and contribute.” It causes our organizations to “remain incompetent at their core.” __ Steve Denning in Forbes

Blockchain technology has the potential to transform bureaucracy in at least 19 important sectors of modern societies. The technology’s ability to make contracts transparent to reduce deception — and to simplify enforcement of specified terms — will also put a lot of attorneys out to pasture. The simple elimination of large numbers of lawyers from the equation will go a long way to streamlining bureaucracy.

We Still Need to Pay Attention

Over the next few years, more and more companies are going to start implementing blockchain into their processes. That means that government adoption of blockchain technology will increase as well. These are all good things and will help shed light on areas that need exposure. But, that doesn’t mean that blockchains will be infallible. __

As long as governments are given a license to kill, imprison, and financially ruin with impunity, they will be resistant to being tamed — or to being made unnecessary. The US Constitution was written to limit the powers of government to the extent that citizens would be free to conduct their personal and business affairs, and be safe from domestic and foreign enemies — and from the caprice of government itself. But the US Constitution is being attacked by well-placed persons inside government and by persons of wealth and influence outside of the government but still operating under the huge umbrella of the deep state.

Pruning the bureaucracy and the deep state

Revolutions tend to be bloody affairs, unless well planned. So when contemplating how to make government unnecessary, it is wiser to move slowly, step by step. Pruning an overgrown and stifling bureaucracy is a necessary early step in the process, but this pruning itself must be done carefully — mindful of inevitable blowback that is likely to occur as the bloated monstrosity fights for every ugly incremental mass of its own rotting flesh.

The best way to take on the deep state is to defund it. Stop the diversion of government spending into parts of media, academia, activist groups, NGOs, lobbies, and other organisations that perpetuate the monstrous bureaucracy and the toxic deep state.

The bureaucracy and the deep state are cancerous tumours that must be excised, but in such a way that minimal damage is done to the underlying organism, as it was intended to function by the founders as a minimal state.

Using reliable advanced technologies to better perform the functions previously performed by bureaucracies, will assist in the worthy project of dismantling the unwieldy state apparatus down to its essential core.

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