O’Sullivan’s First Law

O’Sullivan’s First Law:

All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing. I cite as supporting evidence the ACLU, the Ford Foundation, and the Episcopal Church. The reason is, of course, that people who staff such bodies tend to be the sort who don’t like private profit, business, making money, the current organization of society, and, by extension, the Western world. At which point Michels’s Iron Law of Oligarchy takes over — and the rest follows.

The Iron Law of Oligarchy (from the same reference):

This states that in any organization the permanent officials will gradually obtain such influence that its day-to-day program will increasingly reflect their interests rather than its own stated philosophy.

The above is an effect explained by Public Choice Theory aka Public Choice Economics, which in turn explains much of the effect of humans in organizations.

Thank you Jayson of Edgewise for hepping me to this!

Updated: I made a type with Jayson’s name.

One Response

  1. No problem! Alway love to suggest interesting stuff.

    One little thing, though–it’s “Jayson” (with a “y”), not “Jason.”

    It’s amazing how many folks automatically assume my name to be a typo.

    Did you get the link? It didn’t show on the comment.

    Just so you know, I’ve decided to add myself to the ranks of Rightwingers on Reddit and Digg (Not to mention del.icio.us). If you cede the space, you can’t blame others for moving in, eh?

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