Pro-libertarian

I dislike libertarianism more than even woke Leftism (which is a tautology because it’s not like there’s any other kind of Leftism anymore but whatever). Libertarianism is one-dimensional, primitive, and its robotic obsessiveness snacks of neurosis. Woke Leftism can at least still surprise one. You’d think that it can’t possibly get any dumber but then it does, and you go, “wow, I wonder how they always manage to sink to new lows.”

Libertarianism, though – if you heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times.

Still, now that I’m a low-level bureaucrat at a state university, I’m kind of starting to understand libertarians. I knew bureaucracy was bad but I had absolutely no idea how bad. The amounts of money and effort expended on this extraordinarily stupid stuff make me want to hide under the bed with my Ayn Rand book collection and a portrait of Milton Friedman.

17 thoughts on “Pro-libertarian”

  1. It’s been getting precipitously worse, and steadily so, since 2008, which is when they allegedly went broke and hired all these consultants to make us more profitable.

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  2. I knew bureaucracy was bad but I had absolutely no idea how bad
    Wait, you grew up in the USSR, immigrated twice and only now you realized how bad bureaucracy can be?

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    1. Oh, I really wanted somebody to ask this. I really did. Because it’s a very important question. So here goes.

      This bureaucracy is WORSE than we had in the USSR. I don’t say this lightly, believe me. But it is. And I’m only a few inches deep so far. It’s scary stuff.

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      1. “This bureaucracy is WORSE than we had in the USSR”

        Polish people never believe me when I say that USA bureaucracy is worse than Polish bureaucracy and that I’ve always been able to get what I want from it (or realize very early on that it’s not going to happen so don’t bother which is also helpful). And before anyone asks, no I’ve never paid a bribe. Bribes have traditionally been a pretty marginal thing in Polish bureaucracy (or Polish life in general). They’re traditionally restricted to a few areas that I’ve never dealt with (and not always even there it’s a hit or miss thing).

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  3. I’m not sure where methylethyl lives but there’s a tropical storm watch for the eastern coast of FL. Hopefully it won’t turn into a hurricane and land. :/

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    1. It’s fine. Tropical storms are just a lot of rain. I mean, sometimes they can be, like ten inches of rain in one day, but still… just rain. We’ll have to bring the laundry in from the clothesline and stuff 😉

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  4. Ayn Rand hated Milton Friedman. They are actually a good example of a major faultline within the libertarian movement, whether you support libertarian policies because you think they will actually lead to better results or because of principles. Rand objected to Friedman because he argued that rent control harmed poor people. What was important for Rand was that rent control violated property rights. One of the things that attracted me to libertarianism initially was how Friedman consistently couched his arguments in terms of helping the disadvantaged.

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  5. “amounts of money and effort expended on this extraordinarily stupid stuff”

    If it helps, think of it as a game. When I worked in a bureaucracy that was how most employees treated it (not consciously maybe but… that’s how they treated it).
    Don’t think in terms of logic (those who created the individual rules were obviously not using logic so that’s a very poor way of understanding or functioning inside a bureaucracy). Think of it as chess or tennis or candy crush or any other game you might enjoy playing.
    Don’t try to learn the whole system, it’s too big and complex, just focus on a very small part first or you’ll be overwhelmed. Don’t think you can fight it. It will chew you up and spit you out like an old wad of chewing gum.
    Do get those who do know how the system works on your side. Nothing warms the heart of an experienced and capable employee of a bureaucracy than figuring out a way of doing something new that works within the system.
    Reminding them of the irrationality and stupidity of the system won’t get them on your side, an occasional polite and sincere “What can we do now?” often will (the ‘we’ is important, you want to turn your problem into their problem too). The regular things you have to do in a bureaucracy are so tedious that the more experienced are often delighted to take some time off from them in order to solve a new puzzle.

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