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Bureaucracy and the Civil Service in the United States

June 9, 2006 by

Murray Rothbard writes in this massive essay: One of the great truths of human history is that one tends to shoot, or at least react badly, to the bearer of bad news. “Sire, your policy is working badly in Croatia,” is not the sort of message that the President, say, wants to hear from his envoy, and, while the outcome in Croatia remains in doubt, the President and his aides want to continue to believe that their policy is doing well. Hence, the dissident is set down as a trouble-maker if not a subversive, and his career in the hierarchy is side-tracked, often permanently. FULL ARTICLE

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Anarchist in the Military June 9, 2006 at 11:21 pm

As an employee of the fed gov. I have to say that the expansion of the civil service, and the mil-industrial complex has been one of the worst travesties of the state. the support apparatus in, the air force, for instance is grossly oversized and has spurred the advent on “lean logistics” on the model of “Just In Time” supply model embraced by the private sector. But without market incentives, this too will fail.

Anarchist in the Military June 9, 2006 at 11:22 pm

As an employee of the fed gov. I have to say that the expansion of the civil service, and the mil-industrial complex has been one of the worst travesties of the state. the support apparatus in, the air force, for instance is grossly oversized and has spurred the advent on “lean logistics” on the model of “Just In Time” supply model embraced by the private sector. But without market incentives, this too will fail.

Tony Flood June 10, 2006 at 10:51 am

Could someone please tell us the story behind this wonderful monograph? Was it unpublished until now? Was it a contribution to a symposium? I gather from the notes that it was written after the Soviet Union’s collapse, but can the date be more precisely given? It’s odd that such information was not provided in the first place. Thanks to anyone who can provide it now.

jeffrey June 10, 2006 at 11:09 am

It appeared in the Journal of Libertarian Studies, Summer 1995, pp. 3-75. It is available in PDF. That has been added to the essay.

J D June 11, 2006 at 9:55 am

In the early 70′s an Air Force Officer named Hector Negroni wrote an article, published in — if my memory is accurate — Air Force/Space Digest, recommending that all rank other than Commander be eliminated in the Air Force and the rank of Commander be be used only by the leader of a unit. Negroni asserted that if rank disappeared the quest for promotion motivated by pay raises would also disappear.

Under his system military pay would be a function of years of service.

Negroni’s system should be applied to national Civil Service and civil service retirement be merged with Social Security.

Efforts to join “the ruling elite” because that’s where the money is would would disappear.

Federal employees finding these changes unbearable will be welcome to join the private sector.

I don’t remember seeing any feedback on Negroni’s recommendation. I know the Air Force still has rank.

Anarchist in the Military June 11, 2006 at 12:50 pm

Indeed it does. As evidence, I’m getting promoted next week (thanks tax payer!)

M E Hoffer June 11, 2006 at 1:07 pm

A.I.T.M.

How does E-8 feel ??

Anarchist in the Military June 11, 2006 at 2:48 pm

ha ha, actually, it’s to O-2. Most E-7 and E-8s are all very intelligent fellows. all men in their late 30s/early 40s. I’m currently a “butter bar” probably the rank with the highest percentage of idiots.

M E Hoffer June 11, 2006 at 3:03 pm

A.I.T.M.,

I hear ya, E-8 is waay deep into non-comm land.

I thought that you, more than likely, had a B._. degree, thereby, a pass into the O- world.

Was more wondering if you would answer to the posit. So, now do we address you as Lt. ??

Anarchist in the Military June 12, 2006 at 2:28 am

Eh. Off duty, I try to live as civilian as possible. I seem to inhabit that precarious middle ground between what my concience tells me (my libertarian desire to see the very entity that employs me disolved and replaced by thousands of tiny independent commonwealths) and the reality of the statist world (It’s big, it just gets bigger and more dangerous all the time, and it controls me)
My contribution to the decentralization process would be to devise a system of defence for the post-U.S. America. In a nut shell, think of Greece in 490 B.C. economies of scale aren’t exactly needed for defense

Anarchist in the Military June 12, 2006 at 2:32 am

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go spend the next week wastfully expending your tax dollars in a needless exercise for a possible future imperial police action

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