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The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy

The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy
Mises Daily by Loyd S. Pettegrew and Carol A. Vance

Rule #1: Maintain the problem at all costs! The problem is the basis of power, perks, privileges, and security.

Rule #2: Use crisis and perceived crisis to increase your power and control.

Rule #3: If there are not enough crises, manufacture them, even from nature, where none exist.

Rule #4: Control the flow and release of information while feigning openness.

Rule #4a: Deny, delay, obfuscate, spin, and lie.

Rule #5: Maximize public-relations exposure by creating a cover story that appeals to the universal need to help people.

Rule #6: Create vested support groups by distributing concentrated benefits and/or entitlements to these special interests, while distributing the costs broadly to one's political opponents.

Rule #7: Demonize the truth tellers who have the temerity to say, "The emperor has no clothes."

Rule #7a: Accuse the truth teller of one's own defects, deficiencies, crimes, and misdemeanors.

Read the full, detailed descriptions and supporting evidence for each rule at Mises.org.

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