Via Insty, this is one of the best things I’ve ever read. It eviscerates the myth of management competence the way that Joe Biden destroys the idea of government competence. But let’s take a step back from the specifics of business management. Look at all the other occupations that share management’s main trait.
Because in reality they’re all the same thing.
Here’s some fields in which competence is assumed, all evidence to the contrary: government, law, management, education, economics, scholarship, and all journalistic media.
Notice what they all have in common? As a primary feature?
Jaw flappin’, tongue waggin’, hot air spewin’ talkety talk talk words blah blah blah.
“Them that can, do. Them that can’t, teach.” And manage and report and govern. But you don’t hear that adage anymore, do you? The Talkers have brainwashed people into thinking they’re Doers as well.
I expect this is the thing that actually brings down Western Civilization. The Doers letting the Talkers take over the Doings.
The chin-waggin’ industries want “ex cathedra” status for their every mumble. How do they repay? By finding nothing but fault in the Doers: industries, energy production, “big box” stores, etc., all the way down to the evil of the Happy Meal.
This still wouldn’t have spelled civilization’s doom, had the Talkies remained apart. Journalism in particular is supposed to report on lies and wrongdoing. And they do so with gusto, when investigating Doers. Do you ever see them going after fellow Talkers like that? They’re in cahoots. Total…cahoots.
It’s not a formal conspiracy, of course. The Talkers are far too incompetent and loud-mouthed to keep a thing like that secret.
It’s just that talky professions build these houses of cards, where the cards are lies. When a Talker contradicts himself…so that it’s not theoretically possible he’s correct…and gets away with it, another card is added.
Over time the separate Talky houses merged together. You need something to shore up your current argument (never mind that it’s a lie)? Why, looky here! A scholarly essay supporting your position (never mind that it’s a lie).
A few generations of that, in a society so wealthy it can pay millions of people to do nothing but talk, and behold! The Mansion of Lies. Actually The “World-Girdling Edifice of Deceit”. And it towers as high as it is broad and deep.
Do you really expect the Talkers to play Jenga with that?
But they can’t stop adding to it, either. Their crowning achievement was the election of Barack Obama as the Chief Executive of the United States. He won the job with sheer Talk. And how he Talked. Talk of bringing peace, of lowering the very oceans.
But there is no evidence of him having any talent but Talk. And truly, he’s not even very good at that. He simply adds cards to the House of Lies with every breath. Badly chosen cards placed in most precarious locations.
So the House today is not only larger than ever, it’s increasingly shaky. The debt Talkers have run up can’t just be Talked away. They feast today on resources borrowed against the Doers’ tomorrows. And the Doers’ childrens’ tomorrows.
How desperate are they now? Some of them now claim this $39 billion tax “cut” is akin to going back to slavery. Got that? Talkers obligating America’s children to repay $14,000,000,000,000 isn’t slavery. Doers trying to reduce their children’s burden is slavery.
Newspeak, in a word.
Newspeak is the terminus of all talky professions allowed to police themselves. And by letting them merge and take over, we’ve probably caused this. It’s our fault, not the Talkers. We let them get away with increasingly obvious lies. What, you think they can stop themselves?
Oh, and what is Sturgeon’s Law? It’s why any “self-policed” organization stinks.