Saturday, September 20, 2014

Robert Conquest’s Three Laws of Politics

From here and here.
  1. Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.
  2. Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.
  3. The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.
Why might these be true?
  1. Head over heart where it's important.
  2. Eventual capture by the many idealists with a retributive agenda.
  3. Regulatory capture.
Good though, aren't they.