Can These Parties Be Saved?

re: Denninger. See:

His point is ruling from the center is hopeless since spending 10B$ a day and directing others (us) how to spend another 10B$ a day (limiting the market and our free-choice by regulation and litigation) is absolutely corrupting for any and all parties. And no one has suggested, demanded, run-their-election-on-a-platform of the disestablishment of the center (wrt all things domestic) and returning power-to-local-communities (and voluntary associations of communities for larger activities) where the politicians can be closely supervised and disciplined (and reminded daily who works for whom).

I will support any party with a platform which repeats the recipe that the Fortune 500 used in the 70s and 80s as information technology made the center of big corporations largely redundant. CEOs challenged those bureaucracies to justify their existence by becoming suppliers to the edges – the divisions of the company. And "if they don’t have a use for you and are willing to pay your bills, neither do I." This enabled a few of the largest companies to survive in the presence of nimble, smaller, more focused competitors (by emulating their attributes). Much less top-down command-and-control. Elimination of much of the penalty that the "cost of agency" levies on large, process-bound, organizations. This was widely studied in the late 80s, and written about in MIT Sloan Business School studies. It’s simple to do, but painful in its dislocations. Just tell every domestic government agency to go to the 300K citizen councils, present them a menu of the services they provide for what price, and see who signs up. Give them two years for the first tally, two years to do better and get more customers, and 2 years to shut down if few takers. Those that survive will have turned from masters to employees, and will be (of necessity) largely insensitive to special interests.

Britain is returning 20% of its government workforce to the productive sector – i.e. moving from a below the line "cost-of-goods" to (potentially) above-the-line producers. If we did the same we’d gain almost 3M more productive members of society. And since wealth is essentially denominated in applied creative intellects that are directed by price signals (not as most often wasted by dictat), we’d be that much richer – and competitive.

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