Rage Against The Machine

An overview of Western civilization and a perusal of Western history would be incomplete without taking into account the history of big bureaucracy and massive bureaucratization in advanced Western societies. America is the last of the Western powers to undergo big bureaucracy and massive bureaucratization. Once a Western society undergoes big bureaucracy and massive bureaucratization, the will of the broader population is then subjugated to the will of big bureaucracy. Thus, Congress – as well as the mainstream media – have very much been subjugated to the will of big bureaucracy over the course of the last few decades in the United States. And once big bureaucracy takes over individuals and broader society, path dependency and the path of least resistance take over the entire society until a disaster puts an end to the shenanigans.

Surprisingly, a Republican administration – namely, the Bush 43 Administration – augmented the bureaucracy to the massive proportions which we are witnessing today. One would expect that a Democrat administration would be the one to augment the bureaucracy. But in reality, a Republican administration defied core Republican principles at the start of the 21st century in order to create big bureaucracy and massive bureaucratization in the United States.

When one takes into account the history of the West, big bureaucracy and massive bureaucratization coincide with what Emile Durkheim called anomie, along with what Max Weber called the disenchantment of the entire society. Big bureaucracy and massive bureaucratization also coincide with the breakdown of civil society and social fragmentation. Local communities and civic organizations at a grassroots level are most affected when a Western society decides to undergo big bureaucracy and massive bureaucratization. Also, at an individual level, big bureaucracy besieges an individual’s entrepreneurial spirit as well as an individual’s religious and spiritual essence. Thus, the anomie and disenchantment of a society which results from big bureaucracy drains the basic essence and ontological state of a population.

Once a society undergoes big bureaucracy and massive bureaucratization, an individual is then expected to become a mere cog in the overall machine rather than a unique individual with unique needs, preferences, and values. Instead of prioritizing the needs, preferences, and values of the individual or of broader society, big bureaucracy and massive bureaucratization of a society prioritizes the needs, preferences, and values of the bureaucracy over those of the individual and of broader society. And at the core, the needs, preferences, and values of big bureaucracy amount to nothing other than extraction and usurpation of the individual and broader society.

Thus, in the end, either the path dependency or the path of least resistance assumed by big bureaucracy undermines the individual and broader society for its own benefit and gain, or the individual and society tame big bureaucracy so that the extraction and usurpation of the individual and broader society comes to an end. Virtually all Western European and Scandinavian societies – with the exception of the United States – have tamed their bureaucracies so that a self-serving bureaucracy eventually serves the ends and goals of the individual and broader society. Crushing a bureaucracy – which may have been the goal of the Trump Administration – is perhaps different than taming a bureaucracy. Nevertheless, the goal for American society over the course of the next few years is to subject the bureaucracy to the will of the individual and broader society after decades of having the individual and broader society be subjected to the will of big bureaucracy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s