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Opinion | Trump’s Kakistocracy Is Also a Hackistocracy
Many people have described the Trump administration as a kakistocracy — rule by the worst — which it is. But it’s also a hackistocracy — rule by the ignorant and incompetent. And in this Trump is just following standard G.O.P. practice.

Why do hacks rule on the right? It may simply be that a party of apparatchiks feels uncomfortable with people who have any real expertise or independent reputation, no matter how loyal they may seem. After all, you never know when they might take a stand on principle.

In any case, there will eventually be a price to pay. True, there is, wrote Adam Smith, “a great deal of ruin in a nation.” America isn’t just an immensely powerful, wealthy, technologically advanced, peaceful country. We’re also a nation with a long tradition of dedicated public service.

Even now — as I can attest from personal interactions — a great majority of those working for the Treasury Department, the State Department and so on are competent, hard-working people trying to do the best they can for their country.

But as top jobs systematically go to hacks, there is an inevitable process of corrosion. We’re already seeing a degradation of the way our government responds to things like natural disasters. Well, there will be more and bigger disasters ahead. And the people in charge of dealing with those disasters will be the worst of the worst.
DonaldTrump  politics  government  ethics  corruption  civilservice  federalreserve  economics 
29 days ago by jtyost2
After Brexit vote: No 10 draws up secret contingency plans | Politics | The Guardian
Whitehall’s role could reflect that played by senior Cabinet Office civil servants, including the then cabinet secretary, the late Jeremy Heywood, during coalition talks after the 2010 general election, which resulted in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance.
brexit  civilservice 
january 2019 by yorksranter
British business leaders to launch emergency no-deal Brexit plans - Business Insider
"With every new minister comes an 'oh my god' moment where they get their brief and realise what they are dealing with," the FTA's Hookham told BI.
brexit  logistics  civilservice 
january 2019 by yorksranter
Jeremy Heywood’s resignation gives Theresa May’s government an unexpected legacy
Almost no-one now privately defends May’s 2016 Whitehall re-organisation, which cleaved Brexit off into the Department for Exiting the European Union (Dexeu) and created a free-standing Department for International Trade (DIT).
civilservice  brexit  heywood 
october 2018 by yorksranter

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