The Dictatorship of Reason in the WestBook - 1993
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The swollen officer corps of the West have progressed from the myth of modern organization to the myth of the modern manager. All the syndromes of bureaucratic life are to be found in their headquarters. A nine-to-five attitude. Group decisions to protect each individual. An inability to respond to information which indicates that the system is doing the wrong thing. Leadership rarely rewarded. Business management systems consciously applied to running armies. It is not an exaggeration to say that officers now know more about systems management than about fighting wars.
"Though you cannot see, when you take one step, what will be the next," [Thomas Jefferson] wrote to a nephew, "yet follow truth, justice and plain dealing, and never fear their leading you out of the labyrinth, in the easiest manner possible. The knot which you thought a Gordian one, will untie itself before you. Nothing is so mistaken as the supposition that a person can extricate himself from a difficulty by intrigue, by chicanery, by dissimilation, by trimming, by an untruth, by an unjustice."
His words ring true today like those of a choirboy. But that reflects upon us, not upon the words.
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