Frequently well-intended semi-reactionary politicians win the fight in the polls and in the majority opinion, but fail to achieve any actual victory. Part of this is the resistance of the Judiciary, which we've discussed at length in earlier posts, acting essentially as a diode blocking reactionary current while permitting current in the 'progressive' direction. Most reactionaries and conservatives are aware to some degree of this dynamic. Victory will eventually require the destruction or short-circuiting of this diode.
But most are not aware that the civil service bureaucracy is an even more central support of the Cathedral. It is probably its oldest and most powerful edifice. Politicians struggle against it largely in vain, and it deliberately leaks embarassing things when it feels itself under attack, things which are invariably blamed on the attacker. When budgets are cut---and in the newspeak, simply reducing the projected rate of increase is deemed a 'cut'---it ensures that the most near and dear things to the public suffer the ax first. It is a bit of a Gordion Knot problem, since the existence of a heavily entrenched civil service prevents any semblance of accountable governance or meaningful movement of the US in non-progressive directions.
However, it so happens I've got a sword to offer you for this turbulent knot. Here it is:
Return to the Spoils System...the bad old days solution where offices were used to buy votes and key supporters---wait a minute? You say that sort of stuff still goes on today, to an even greater extent? Amazing how the civil service acts, intended to act as a brake on governmental corruption simply made said corruption more subtle but vastly more pervasive.
To do this you'd have to repeal all of the civil service acts, and make every single employee of the federal government fire at will---by which I mean they could be fired for ANY reason, and mass firings would be the expected norm when a new administration took power. They would have to enjoy not even the protections that people in the private workplace enjoy regarding 'cause' or discrimination.
From a practical standpoint, to get there from here you might need to do a bit of counterintelligence work---deliberately manufacture totally inflammatory cases where a handpicked person is totally unsympathetic to the population at large but they can't be fired because of the letter of the civil service law.
Now some say that the spoils system is far more democratic than the existing civil service system. That's true, but that's not the reason why I support it. I support it because the existing system is totally in the hands of the enemy and therefore needs to be destroyed or subverted. This is the way in which that can be accomplished. Selling this to the population will require a fair bit of propaganda, probably invoking the fact that the civil service system prevents any actual accountability and is profoundly undemocratic. Weakening the bureaucracy through budget and staff cuts is probably also necessary as battlefield preparation. Fortunately the economic and budgetary conditions give us good tailwinds in that endeavor.
Cheap and Nasty
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