Originally Posted by Canada
Someone made some really bad choices and no one is held accountable? Why are they not held accountable?
Good questions. The answer could be found in the problem of bureaucracies.
Renowned political theorist, Hannah Arendt, wrote in 1970 of the problem of them: "bureaucracy or the rule of an intricate system of bureaus in which no men, neither one nor the best, neither the few nor the many, can be held responsible, and which could be properly called rule by Nobody. (If, in accord with traditional political thought, we identify tyranny as government that is not held to give account of itself, rule by Nobody is clearly the most tyrannical of all, since there is no one left who could even be asked to answer for what is being done. It is this state of affairs, making it impossible to localize responsibility and to identify the enemy, that is among the most potent causes of the current worldwide rebellious unrest, its chaotic nature, and its dangerous tendency to get out of control and run amok."
She went on say write, "In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one can argue, to whom one can present grievances, on whom the pressures of power can be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the power to act; for rule by Nobody is not no-rule, and where all are equally powerless we have a tyranny without a tyrant. The crucial feature in the student rebellions around the world is that they are directed everywhere against the ruling bureaucracy... On the level of ideologies, the whole thing is confusing; it is much less so if we start from the obvious fact that the huge party machines have succeeded everywhere in overruling the voice of the citizens, even in countries where freedom of speech and association is still intact."
Arendt wrote this during the turbulent times of the civil rights era, the student uprisings of the late 60s and also to the massive dissent of the Vietnam War. This analysis of the problem of bureaucracies, imo, is still very much in play today - if not more.