Our lives have been so infused with bureaucracy that it’s no longer a “thing”.
We don’t hear about it, we don’t talk about it, perhaps because it’s now just the water we all swim in. So much of our daily lives require us to participate in a system of bureaucracy that has sometimes led to a diminishing of personal responsibility and the notion that we can abdicate our sense of “doing what’s right” to a higher power, which somehow has our best interests at heart.
This might be so, it might not.
In this episode, we discuss some of the ways that bureaucracy has led us to wander from what some might call “common sense” and we begin to reimagine the kinds of ways that we humans might be the ones to better moderate our behaviour and our relationships with each other.
Link: David Graeber, “The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy”