This series is fascinating. I don’t know how it applies to anything yet, as I haven’t finished it, but if you’re looking for a good think during your next downtime, check it out.
I will note that the McLeod Hierarchy seems to apply to politics, in that this was the organizational structure of the Third Reich:
Hugh MacLeod’s cartoon is a pitch-perfect symbol of an unorthodox school of management based on the axiom that organizations don’t suffer pathologies; they are intrinsically pathological constructs. Idealized organizations are not perfect. They are perfectly pathological. So while most most management literature is about striving relentlessly towards an ideal by executing organization theories completely, this school, which I’ll call the Whyte school, would recommend that you do the bare minimum organizing to prevent chaos, and then stop. Let a natural, if declawed, individualist Darwinism operate beyond that point. The result is the MacLeod hierarchy. It may be horrible, but like democracy, it is the best you can do.
One of the major problems the Allies had at Nuremberg was figuring out the Nazis’ org charts (this befuddled military intelligence during the war, too). The whole system was designed to encourage cutthroat competition among the various islands of authority inside the Reich, with the added bonus that nothing utterly incriminating never made it into paper — the Fuhrer would make a suggestion, seemingly off the cuff and definitely off the official record, which everyone knew was an order… and then his subordinates would fight it out to implement it most effectively, enhancing their own power in the process.
[This is the key weapon in Holocaust deniers’ arsenals, by the way — of all the millions of pages of surviving Nazi documentation, there’s nothing in Hitler’s hand (or Himmler’s, or Goering’s, or Goebbels’s either, I think) that actually orders killings. The mass of evidence is overwhelming, of course, but there’s no smoking gun. See Richard Evans’s Lying about Hitler for all the details].
This would certainly seem to explain Conquest’s Second Law — all organizations not explicitly and constitutionally right wing will eventually become left wing. If you assume that organizations are pathological from the start, the indisputable sociopathy of the Social Justice Warriors guarantees that they’ll climb to the top, with predictable results…
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