It seems to me, mobs come in all shapes and sizes, from a group that overturns cars on their way from a progressive rally, to a group of men in ill fitting suits reeking of garlic, who oversee the day to day workings of a city’s crime. The functional definition of a mob is, a group of people in similar circumstances, such that their mentality will become similarly disposed. By this definition we can see that the bureaucracy is a mob and imparts the mob mentality to those in it. There are uncountable numbers of articles describing the mob mentality, basically, how people in groups are influenced by their peers and how being part of a group, dissolves one’s personal responsibility for our own actions into that group. Looked at in this way it has obvious implications for understanding the nature and functioning of bureaucracy.
It is important to understand the nature and workings of bureaucracy because the fortunes of every soul on the planet is effected by bureaucracy. The modern nation state has evolved beyond legislators, presidents, judges and prime ministers, into the administrative state. Bureaucrats pass laws, prosecute infractions and decide punishments. The entire apparatus of government has devolved back into a single entity. That entity used to be the God king, and now is the god government, in other words, the bureaucracy. You fortune is dependent on the whims of bureaucrats, your business on their proclivity to regulate you out of existence and your very life on the pugnacity of bureaucrats.
The bureaucrat’s belief system is founded in her schooling. Since every bureaucrat today has a degree from university, they all have been inculcated in the progressive mindset, or put another way, the Frankfurt school. The vast majority of bureaucrats think the same way, and believe the same things, because of their schooling, which makes them, by definition a mob. They believe in the godhood of the state and they think all good comes from the state. They have been thoroughly programmed to believe the philosophies of Freud, Marx, Nietzsche and Darwin. Basically, the Frankfurt school teaches… Nietzsche’s superman theory, that crime, violence and suffering will evolve us into supermen, Darwin’s theory of evolution, Marx’s theory of class struggle, the alienation of work and the need to evolve humanity into ants, and Freud’s ideas of the ego, id and super Ego. Atheist to their core, to a bureaucrat these are truths that supersede all other truths, even empirically proven realities.
Once they leave university the programming is reinforced by their peers. The group enforces it’s own codes of conduct and part of that code is the way the members think. Those who enter the bureaucracy and begin to loose their programming are held in check by their peers. To be in any group one must attach herself to that group, believe the requisite beliefs of the group and follow orthodoxy. Those who change their minds are controlled by other members of the group and ejected should they fall too far outside the parameters of what is expected of them. Being a bureaucrat today is very lucrative, with stupendous benefits, outstanding pay and unbelievable pensions. To get evicted from such a profitable job is horrifying to anyone, especially someone with years of schooling that isn’t applicable to anything in the real world.
Distributed responsibility is especially dangerous in bureaucracy. The most heinous crimes ever committed by a human being have been because he or she passed the responsibility to a group, whether it be a NAZI death camp guard following orders, or a Young Turk raping then crucifying a twelve year old girl for being a Christian, was only following his religion, crimes of such unimaginable magnitude, responsibility must, even in the case of psychopaths, be passed to another. The beauty of distributed responsibility is that anything can be done, no matter how evil, and all that needs to happen is for those people acting inhumanly, to pass the blame onto the group. Since a bureaucrat has such unlimited power in the administrative state, no greater evils can be foisted on humanity by any other group, or mob, than bureaucracy.
From the lack of diversity in education and group restricted attitudes, to the open dangers of distributed responsibility, bureaucracy is the most dangerous institutions ever devised by man. The bureaucracy can seize assets, make entire industries illegal or simply uneconomical, create famine, tyrannize anyone they see fit, make common sense illegal and even kill people they find vexing… like unborn children. There is no limit to the power of the administrative state, no checks or balances, no voting to get rid of evil people and no oversight, except by other bureaucrats, with the same ideas, predilections and beliefs. The mob of bureaucracy is far more dangerous than any violent mob, their power is unchecked, their actions go unnoticed and there is no moral limit on them. Even the limitation of the certainty of divine judgment is lifted from them, giving their every whim free reign. There is no one on the planet who is a bigger threat to the health, safety and wealth of the human race than a mob of bureaucrats. Making the administrative state nothing but… mob rule.