~ P-THOUTOMOTDATST ~ Phonophilia – The Habit Of Using Two Or More Of These Devices At The Same Time

~ P-CTPOBOHD ~ Papyrophobia – Cannot Tolerate Papers Or Books On His[/Her] Desk

~ P-PONUPAB ~ Papyromania – Piles Of Never-Used Papers And Books

~ F-AFTPAACOP-UCWAMFOTLOAD ~ Fileophilia ~ A Mania For The Precise Arrangement And Classification Of Papers – Usually Combined With A Morbid Fear Of The Loss Of Any Document

~ TG-AOWHABD ~ Tabulatory Gigantism – An obsession with having a bigger desk

~ TP-CEODFTO-TSIOOATVHHR ~ Tabulophobia Privata ~ Complete Exclusion Of Desks From The Office – This Symptom Is Observed Only At The Very Highest Hierarchal Ranks

~ SP ~ Self-Pity

~ RC-AAIITCOOAFC ~ Rigor Cartis – An Abnormal Interest In The Construction Of Organization And Flow Charts

~ CA-KTSAOB ~ Compulsive Alternation – Keeping Their Subordinates Always Off Balance

~ TTS-ACITMTDATTSR ~ Teeter-Totter Syndrome – A Complete Inability To Make The Decisions Appropriate To The Sufferer’s Rank

~ CT-AIPASOCBOSPOPAINWRTTPOTW ~ Caesarian Transference – An Irrational Prejudice Against Subordinates Or Colleagues Because Of Some Point Of Physical Appearance In No Way Related To The Performance Of Their Work

~ CI-TJPTKOPGPWB ~ Cachinatory Inertia – The Habit Of Telling Jokes Instead Of Getting On With Business

~ S-AOCWB-T-P-C-M-A-R-A-AIUWTWTIGO-OISTBGO-IT ~ Structurophilia – An Obsessive Concern With Buildings – Their – Planning – Construction – Maintenance – And – Reconstruction – And – An Increasing Unconcern With The Work That Is Going On – Or Is Supposed To Be Going On – Inside Them

~ T&OH ~ Ticks And Odd Habits

~ I&DC-AOFSILANRTIW ~ Initial And Digital Codophilia – An Obsession For Speaking In Letters And Numbers Rather Than In Words

~ MW-FT-WPAFWCETTSTPA ~ Many Words – Few Thoughts – With Perhaps A Few Words Changed Each Time To Suit The Particular Audience


~ WTAGW ~ Why Things Always Go Wrong

~ OIIE ~ Occupational Incompetence Is Everywhere

~ IAHEETTRTHLOI ~ In A Hierarchy Every Employee Tends To Rise To His/Her Level Of Incompetence

~ AFETTAGIWH ~ A Few Eccentrics Try To Avoid Getting Involved With Hierarchies

~ TFPIFALOCTALOI ~ The Final Promotion Is From A Level Of Competence To A Level Of Incompetence

~ IT-EPTTBOBAEWIITCOID ~ In Time – Every Post Tends To Be Occupied By An Employee Who Is Incompetent To Carry Out Its Duties

~ TCRUIS ~ The Cream Rises Until It Sours

~ EKNL ~ Envy Knows No Logic

~ C-S-A-C-S-ACBTSAORAIP ~ Capitalistic – Socialistic – And – Communistic – Systems – Are Characterized By The Same Accumulation Of Redundant And Incompetent Personnel

~ GLIS ~ Generalized Life-Incompetence Syndrome

~ CI ~ Compulsive Incompetence

~ SCIR-BNCU ~ Summit Competence Is Rare – But Not Completely Unknown

~ IMCOI-TATBADWTBP ~ In Most Cases Of Incompetence – There Appears To Be A Definite Wish To Be Productive

~ TMOI:I+I=I ~ The Mathematics Of Incompetence: Incompetence Plus Incompetence Equals Incompetence

~ TPOS ~ The Pathology Of Success

~ FPS ~ Final Placement Syndrome

~ AWTTSIW ~ A Word To The Sufficient Is Wise

~ OMDTWBSA ~ Our Most Difficult Task Will Be Self-Analysis

~ H:HT! ~ Hierarchiologist: Heal Thyself!

~ 0PQ – Zero Promotion Quotient

~ AOOIIWAPOP ~ An Ounce Of Image Is Worth A Pound Of Performance

~ CI ~ Creative Incompetence

~ CACTSOI ~ Competence Always Contains The Seed Of Incompetence

~ CI ~ Computerized Incompetence

~ TC-LAHE-ISTTPP-IIDGWAF-TIASTTPITMRT-UIRILOI ~ The Computer – Like A Human Employee – Is Subject To The Peter Principle – If It Does Good Work At First – There Is A Strong Tendency To Promote It To More Responsible Tasks – Until It Reaches Its Level Of Incompetence

~ OL-I-P-S-E-I-A-TM-HITWGAFAWCAAFAWCIOBBFTGIWPGO ~ Our Leaders – In – Politics – Science – Education – Industry – And – The Military – Have Insisted That We Go As Fast As We Can And As Far As We Can Inspired Only By Blind Faith That Great Input Will Produce Great Output


~ BAIIAAOD ~ Becoming An Individual In An Age Of Distraction

~ AEOAFOT ~ An Ethics Of Attention For Our Time

~ TAC ~ The Attentional Commons

~ TBOSAOTB-TANMDBAEI-YTAOSSCTCAI ~ The Benefits Of Silence Are Off The Books – They Are Not Measured Directly By Any Econometric Instrument – Yet The Availability Of Silence Surely Contributes To Creativity And Innovation

~ OCAGDOSITCOBE ~ One Consumes A Great Deal Of Silence In The Course Of Becoming Educated

~ ICAAWWNLTRFU-TETWBTM ~ If Clean Air And Water Were No Longer The Rule For Us – The Economic Toll Would Be Truly Massive

~ ARR-AAWWBUBSIWTMTUFO ~ Absent Robust Regulations – Air And Water Will Be Used By Some In Ways That Make Them Unusable For Others

~ ARNTBA ~ A Right Not To Be Addressed

~ ETWARCBASOP-IOQRFOWAG-ILOWMRARAPC-ALSOTGOU ~ Encountering The World As Real Can Be A Source Of Pleasure – Indeed Of Quasi-Religious Feelings Of Wonder And Gratitude – In Light Of Which Manufactured Realities Are Revealed As Pale Counterfeits – And Lose Some Of Their Grip On Us

~ WANSMROACWROBACHFMID ~ We Are Not So Much Rational Optimizers As Creatures Who Rely On Biases And Crude Heuristics For Making Important Decisions

~ CJ ~ Cultural Jigs

~ ‘TWIIOBM’ ~ “The World Is It’s Own Best Model”

~ VRAMI ~ Virtual Reality As Moral Ideal

~ TDOTCFEAODIIWTLUFIPAD ~ The Design Of Things Can Facilitate Embodied Agency Or Diminish It In Ways That Lead Us Further Into Passivity And Dependence

~ HSSITGWSTBAISV ~ Having Some Skin In The Game Would Seem To Be An Important Safety Variable

~ ‘CA’ ~ “Choice Architectures”

~ ITDPOC-TABDTFD-TTPOIAKOA ~ In The Darker Precincts Of Capitalism Things Are Being Designed To Foster Disengagement To The Point Of Inducing A Kind Of Autism

~ ETAZOAPAHUA ~ Escaping To A Zone Of Autistic Pseudo-Action Has Understandable Appeal

~ TDFMEIMBAGEO-‘AC’-AIHBC ~ The Demand For Manufactured Experiences Is Met By A Growing Economy Of – “Affective Capitalism” As It Has Been Called

~ OESATIARRFT-MTVRTWHOAGOPWFTLUTTAI-ADTP ~ Our Economic System Assumes That Individuals Are Radically Responsible For Themselves – Maintaining This View Requires That We Hive Off Any Group Of People Who Fail To Live Up To The Autonomous Ideal – And Designate Them Pathological

~ PTTOSOHINDT-‘UHCV’-BIRCTPACPOCNTP ~ Perhaps The Time One Spends On Hold Is Not Due To – “Unusually Heavy Call Volume” – But Is Rather Calibrated To Persuade A Certain Percentage Of Callers Not To Persist

~ TIOCIK-TITSOTLOAA-AOTRORATA-WDTAIAOCH?-IWBIASTWAUAR ~ The Issue Of Consent Is Key – This Is The Source Of The Legitimacy Of All Authority – And Of The Rights One Retains Against That Authority – When Does This All-Important Act Of Consent Happen? – I Was Born Into A Society That Was Already Up And Running

~ TAR ~ Truth As Representation

~ EP ~ Embodied Perception

~ ETS ~ Empowerment Through Submission

~ MIACIAPTC ~ Membership In A Community Is A Prerequisite To Creativity

~ TLBEITSTA ~ To Learn By Example Is To Submit To Authority

~ CRAUIBTR ~ Cultural Revolutions Aren’t Imposed Only By Totalitarian Regimes

~ TSOOTOIASNBTFG ~ The Survival Of Our Traditions Of Intellectual Apprenticeship Should Not Be Taken For Granted

~ OCCATOAB-WDFI-NAAPOOTW-BAOWAII ~ Our Cognitive Capacities Are Those Of A Being – Who Develops From Infancy – Not As A Pure Observer Of The World – But As One Who Acts In It

~ TCPAE-WASABB-NDCOR ~ The Critical Point Against Empiricism – We Are Social And Biographical Beings – Not Digital Cameras Or Recorders

~ JA ~ Joint Attention

~ TFTWLTIASW-ADTT-IFTTKOBWA ~ The Fact That We Live Together In A Shared World – And Do Things Together – Is Fundamental To The Kind Of Beings We Are

~ AI ~ Achieving Individuality

~ TPOTD ~ The Problem Of The Dissident

~ TVABTMAAUPFHE ~ The Values Assigned By The Marketplace Are An Unreliable Proxy For Human Excellence

~ TCOP ~ The Culture Of Performance

~ MATDSC-OFIMP-WITPRFACOIIWC ~ Mobility And The Democratic Social Condition – Our Faith In Mobility Persists – Without It The Public Rationale For A Culture Of Individual Initiative Would Collapse

~ CCAAHPC-BTAWBSLTH ~ Civilization Comes At A High Personal Cost – But The Alternative Would Be Something Less Than Human

~ TEOA ~ The Erotics Of Attention

~ TATDOAAWWIABCFLW ~ The Ability To Direct Our Attention As We Will Is A Basic Condition For Living Well

~ TRTWABSCITIMIHTCWL ~ The Reason To Worry About Being Self-Centered Is That It Makes It Hard To Cope With Life

~ AVR ~ Acting Versus Ruminating

~ TE ~ The Everyone

~ BJBPHAWOBLFATATHIBMF-ABSN ~ But Jokes By Philosophers Have A Way Of Becoming Less Funny As The Absurdities They Have Identified Blossom More Fully – And Become Social Norms

~ TSS ~ The Statistical Self

~ WANCTJEFO ~ We Are Not Competent To Judge Everything For Ourselves

~ TEONBTNP-SOSWTOOSC-TNOS ~ The Expert Of Normalcy Becomes The New Priest – Salving Our Souls With The Offer Of Statistical Communion – The Numbers Offer Solace

~ TSS ~ The Stackable Self

~ RTR ~ Reclaiming The Real

~ WWANS-WCTSTWD ~ When We Acquire New Skills – We Come To See The World Differently

~ AFTWAII ~ Affection For The World As It Is

~ DWF ~ Democracy Without Flattening

~ OBTLUOTJTWBOH ~ Only Beautiful Things Led Us Out To Join The World Beyond Our Heads


~ BHBTWIWWS ~ Bureaucracy Has Become The Water In Which We Swim

~ WNLLTTAB-YIIEAOOE ~ We No Longer Like To Think About Bureaucracy – Yet It Informs Every Aspect Of Our Existence

~ H-MAGEASEOGO-EMO-OWDCBGP-THBTALSTIOC-WWFCAPAAMOPS ~ Historically – Markets Are Generally Either A Side Effect Of Government Operations – Especially Military Operations – Or Were Directly Created By Government Policy – This Has Been True At Least Since The Invention Of Coinage – Which Was First Created And Promulgated As A Means Of Provisioning Soldiers

~ ITOTMAFMERQTTMP ~ It Turned Out That Maintaining A Free Market Economy Required A Thousand Times More Paperwork

~ TILOL-AMR-ITRRTAPMF-WHTUEO-ITTNOR-TTAOP-A-TTNOB ~ The Iron Law Of Liberalism – Any Market Reform – Intended To Reduce Red Tape And Promote Market Forces – Will Have The Ultimate Effect Of – Increasing The Total Number Of Regulations – The Total Amount Of Paperwork – And – The Total Number Of Bureaucrats

~ WTROTFS-IIBAITSWIPAWIP ~ With The Rise Of The Financial Sector – It Is Becoming Almost Impossible To Say What Is Public And What Is Private

~ TVDOABR ~ The Very Definition Of A Bureaucratic Runaround

~ SBLANRM-‘D’-YCFIITPMAAWTRBASIIF ~ Simply By Labelling A New Regulatory Measure – “Deregulation” – You Can Frame It In The Public Mind As A Way To Reduce Bureaucracy And Set Individual Initiative Free

~ TGFOPAPPIASE-RWRAR-WUPITEWITFOP-DNYHAN-TIIIS-TTCHLBWLAWTTAT ~ The Gradual Fusion Of Public And Private Power Into A Single Entity – Rife With Rules And Regulations – Whose Ultimate Purpose Is To Extract Wealth In The Form Of Profits – Does Not Yet Have A Name – That In Itself Is Significant – These Things Can Happen Largely Because We Lack A Way To Talk About Them

~ TAOTB ~ The Age Of Total Bureaucratization

~ TNCWTESLATW-TTEOAI-EWCTOAPOC ~ The New Credo Was That Everyone Should Look At The World – Through The Eyes Of An Investor – Everyone Would Come To Own A Piece Of Capitalism

~ I-CP-ANDFCOIAA-BFF-WM-U-FOPD ~ Increasingly – Corporate Profits – Are Not Derived From Commerce Or Industry At All – But From Finance – Which Means – Ultimately – From Other People’s Debts

~ AWSHCTRTA-GCM-RTSOAE-EDSATTCFBPTABTTBT ~ As Whole Societies Have Come To Represent Themselves As – Giant Credentialized Meritocracies – Rather Than Systems Of Arbitrary Extraction – Everyone Duly Scurries About Trying To Curry Favor By Pretending They Actually Believe This To Be True

~ TITOH ~ The Inevitable Tide Of History

~ WIBTAITO-‘FT’-A-T-‘FM’-RETSCCOTWFEPSABS ~ What Was Being Talked About In Terms Of – “Free Trade” – And – The “Free Market” – Really Entailed The Self-Conscious Completion Of – The World’s First Effective Planetary-Scale Administrative Bureaucratic System

~ TWFEPSABS ~ The World’s First Effective Planetary-Scale Administrative Bureaucratic System

~ DNOTIOTAACF-TCISNAIV-TWA-A-OISAUW-B-TODITDOSF ~ Do Not Overestimate The Importance Of Technology As A Causative Factor – Technological Change Is Simply Not An Independent Variable – Technology Will Advance – And – Often In Surprising And Unexpected Ways – But – The Overall Direction It Takes Depends On Social Factors

~ TAREBAWOATAWTEIAF-TUIATAATBTUEOHB ~ Talking About Rational Efficiency Becomes A Way Of Avoiding Talking About What The Efficiency Is Actually For – The Ultimately Irrational Aims That Are Assumed To Be The Ultimate Ends Of Human Behavior

~ ARCNELOFWPFITMPPFBAT ~ All Rich Countries Now Employ Legions Of Functionaries Whose Primary Function Is To Make Poor People Feel Bad About Themselves

~ WITWO-SD-CDO-A-OSEFI-B-TAOTPT-VIUAPOP ~ What Is The World Of – Securitized Derivatives – Collateralized Debt Obligations – And – Other Such Exotic Financial Instruments – But – The Apotheosis Of The Principle That – Value Is Ultimately A Product Of Paperwork

~ TPOFHMTAEIPO-CP-CITFO-RE-OOSOA ~ The Process Of Financialization Has Meant That An Ever-Increasing Proportion Of – Corporate Profits – Come In The Form Of – Rent Extraction – Of One Sort Or Another

~ OLHCTBOATFOOF ~ Our Lives Have Come To Be Organized Around The Filling Out Of Forms

~ DZOTI ~ Dead Zones Of The Imagination

~ B-P&P-ATBOISAWATGTASPOAWNBATPTTAE ~ Bureaucracies – Public And Private – Appear To Be Organized In Such A Way As To Guarantee That A Significant Proportion Of Actors Will Not Be Able To Perform Their Tasks As Expected

~ PIB ~ Paperwork Is Boring

~ PABWW ~ Police Are Bureaucrats With Weapons

~ B-‘R’-UMTSTEOTSTOV-NIARBTCKY ~ Being – “Realistic” – Usually Means Taking Seriously The Effects Of The Systematic Threat Of Violence – National Interests Are Real Because They Can Kill You

~ PMYL ~ Power Makes You Lazy

~ CPRSMWTPFTM ~ Charismatic Prophets Rarely Suffer Much When Their Prophecies Fail To Materialize

~ DDJSWIWHRCAMP-LA-I-L-W? ~ Does Destroying Job Security While Increasing Working Hours Really Create A More Productive – Let Alone – Innovative – Loyal – Workforce?

~ TIIO-G-U-A-PF-HLAPTA-L-S-A-OF-TOITCW ~ The Increasing Interpenetration Of – Government – University – And – Private Firms – Has Led All Parties To Adopt – Language – Sensibilities – And – Organizational Forms – That Originated In The Corporate World

~ IYLAHH-YCF-H-ET-ODPAES ~ If You Look At Human History – You Can Find – Hundreds – Even Thousands – Of Different Political And Economic Systems

~ MEA-A-AHB-EBLBOOOSOA-TWITOCMASD-B-MAE-B-FAV-IAPO-TBMS ~ Most Economists Are – And – Always Have Been – Employed By Large Bureaucratic Organizations Of One Sort Or Another – The Whole Idea That One Can Make A Strict Division – Between – Means And Ends – Between – Facts And Values – Is A Product Of – The Bureaucratic Mind-Set

~ RAAFOS ~ Rationalism As A Form Of Spirituality

~ CPHDAAATTTINSTAPTDFE-AHBWEWNBATTAA ~ Cognitive Psychologists Have Demonstrated Again And Again That There Is No Such Thing As Pure Thought Divorced From Emotions – A Human Being Without Emotions Would Not Be Able To Think At All

~ TBOTAF ~ The Bureaucratization Of The Antibureaucratic Fantasy

~ BAEIASRTBC ~ Barbarians Always Exist In A Symbiotic Relation To Bureaucratic Civilization

~ BCG-TJGTAINSF ~ Bureaucracies Create Games – They’re Just Games That Are In No Sense Fun

~ WULBTAOBIFOP ~ What Ultimately Lies Behind The Appeal Of Bureaucracy Is Fear Of Play

~ TFOGOKITMOHS ~ The Freedom Of Gods Or Kings Is The Measure Of Human Slavery

~ TLO-AH-TZWSVITUEOTR-HETDARAEPAOHA ~ The Legal Order – And Hence – The Zones Where State Violence Is The Ultimate Enforcer Of The Rules – Has Expanded To Define And Regulate Almost Every Possible Aspect Of Human Activity

~ F-ITTOTFPOHCATRIICG ~ Freedom – Is The Tension Of The Free Play Of Human Creativity Against The Rules It Is Constantly Generating

~ IJFTIOBGFTS-IAS-D ~ I Just Find The Idea Of Being Governed From The Shadows – In Any Sense – Distasteful

~ HDOTTDB-‘TP’-A-AMRM? ~ How Does One Tell The Difference Between – “The People” – And – A Mere Rampaging Mob?

~ WBTLOTWSOTCOTP-DTFTTOPWWERCOTMLOTHYA ~ We Base The Legitimacy Of The Whole System On The Consent Of The People – Despite The Fact That The Only People Who Were Ever Really Consulted On The Matter Lived Over Two Hundred Years Ago

~ TMWTRIWOALAIWKOOPASCTCC ~ The Message Was That Rebellious Imagination Was Okay As Long As It Was Kept Out Of Politics And Simply Confined To Consumer Choices