Guest Post: Bureaucratic Despotism

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Submitted by Bob Hoye via,

"A great civilization is not conquered from without, until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars."

- Will Durant, The Story Of Civilization III, Epilogue, 1944

A number of sources list this as a quote, but it is a synthesis of the Epilogue "Why Rome Fell". It is valid then as well as now. America as we know it won't collapse, but Americans have been unusually successful in dealing with "bureaucratic despotism". They will be successful again. Bankruptcy of another experiment in bureaucratic despotism will prompt a refreshing turn to reform of bullying politics.

The election was a big day for the implacable forces of big bureaucracy, main stream media and big unions. There is no change from before the election.

Hoye/Brown - originally published March 2009

Cartoon from 1934


This cartoon was published by the Chicago Tribune in 1934.

Look carefully at the plan of action in the lower left corner.

Remember the adage:

"Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it."

Couldn't find it in my old Webster's dictionary so I Googled it and discovered it is a recently "coined" new word found on T-shirts on eBay:


Read this one over slowly and absorb the facts that are within this definition! I love this word and believe that it will become a recognized English word. Finally, a word to describe our current political situation...

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"The king has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent Swarms of Officers to harass our People and eat out their substance."

- U.S. Declaration of Independenc

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mrktwtch2's picture

will john galt ever show up??

drbill's picture

Without a doubt, one of the scariest movies ever made!

Pairadimes's picture

Needs to be reclassified as a documentary, like Escape From New York.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Idiocracy will literally be mistaken for a documentary in about 20 years.

Idiocracy - YouTube


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Is not documentary of current American Social-Capitalistic Regime!?

CH1's picture

Who is John Galt?

John Galt is whoever gets off his ass and starts building something better.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

You clowns have all but destroyed this system, so I'm going over here to ignore you and start over without you...

Shell Game's picture

...says the Borg collectivist.

fiddy pence haff pound's picture

John Galt is the rich kid, who being rejected by the other kids for being an asshole, takes his toys

and runs and hides. He's been accustomed to have the government work for him.


Waiting for a Galt to take over absolves people of any blame for continuing to feed this stupid system.

You can do stuff, locally. The Days of Industry have given way to the Days of Vulture Capitalism.

The Dark Knight of the Vultures is Mitt Romney and he was one Rovian trick away from winning.

Don't think that the Democrats care about voter fraud. Anyway, rambling.


The long term no longer exists. Next quarter. Stock dividends. Stock price.

No investment. no R&D. no manufacturing.

and, we're not invited if there were, anyway.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

@ Boris

+ 1  John Galt is in hiding.  I'll be joining him soon.

Chuck Yeager's picture

John was never in hiding...he was waiting for Dagney so he could stop the engines of the world.  Sheesh, read the book already.

Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus's picture

the phallic animus of the intellectually flaccid, and an archetypal pseudo-hero for econ majors whose exposure to "philosophy" began and ended with Ayn "unfuckingbounded middle" Rand - who was right about the dangers of communism for the wrong reasons.


Also, Rome fell because of debased currency, Germans, an expansive, shiftless bureaucracy, a cooling climate, and the shift from rule of law, to rule of war.

Then again, it survived in the form of the Byzantine Empire for quite a while.


Maybe Philly can be the new Constantinople.



Imminent Crucible's picture

Yes, Philly can be the new Constantinople....circa 1453, under the Ottoman Turks.  We're building Bridges To Byzantium.

Johnny Utah's picture

I am John Galt...the man who loves his life...

Check this quote taken from a lecture by Rufus Fears, Wisdom of History Set... Sums up all empires perfectly...I transcribed and saved this awhile ago. This was the saying the ancients used to warn the Romans.

"That empire brings with it dangerous perhaps fatal consequences. Ancients believed that there was an invariable Iron law of empire, that is to say, that a republic will rise to greatness, it will gain an empire, that Empire then will bring with it wealth and contact with foreigners and wealth and contact with foreigners will corrode civic virtue and ultimately destroy that constitution."

Anusocracy's picture

Successful societies fail because they attract people with a different concept of survival.

Such societies are productive, like a nice berry patch, and like the berry patch, they will be picked clean by the hunter-gatherer/liberals drawn to them. It's been happening since the settlement culture separated from the hunter-gatherer culture about ten thousand years ago and proved to be vastly more successful.

I live in Mid-Michigan and in my lifetime have seen the hunter-gatherer/liberals totally destroy Detroit, just like they are destroying California, the US, and Europe. Survival strategies that developed over perhaps millions of years in pre-technological tribal societies will not promote the survival of modern technological societies. Simply put, they offer solutions to different problems than those that exist in the modern world.

The freedom culture has the best solution: get everything the hell out of the way and let people be productive.

Michaelwiseguy's picture

Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds [Hardcover] by Rand Paul

Government regulations are out of control. They dictate how much water goes into your commode, and how much water comes out of your showerhead. They determine how hot the water needs to be in your washing machine, and how many miles to the gallon your car must achieve. Since the Patriot Act, your banking records, your gun registration, and your phone bill are easily accessible by government snoops. Mothers are arrested for buying raw milk. Families are fined for selling bunny rabbits without a license. Home and property owners are strapped with obscene fines, entangled in costly legal messes, and sent to federal prison, all for moving dirt from one end of their land to another. Unelected bureaucrats, armed with arbitrary rules and no need to back them up, stonewall and attack American citizens at every turn. The damage can be overwhelmingly taxing---financially, emotionally and even physically.

And who is being held accountable? Government regulation and red tape run amok in Washington, and honest, tax-paying citizens are the victims of an administration's misuse and abuse of power. Now, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, takes an in-depth look at the legislation that is trampling the rights of ordinary citizens, strangling their ability to conduct private, everyday activities without egregious government interference. He highlights outrageous searches, seizures and arrests, and points to thousands of regulations that have been added to the books since Obama took office. Most importantly, he charts a direction out of this mess, and toward renewed freedom for all Americans.

These stories are of everyday Americans badgered and harassed by their own government---the very institution that is supposed to serve us all. This gross breach of our constitution is as frightening as it is real, and GOVERNMENT BULLIES is a call to action against it.

H E D G E H O G's picture


vinayjha's picture

The biggest cartoon is Ben Bernanke.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Fascism is back.  Long black markets.

CH1's picture

Long black markets.

THAT is the new opportunity, but the gutless need not apply.

Urban Redneck's picture

Barter is part of the black market, or are you one of those few who follow the law and pay income taxes on your barter transactions?

Zero Govt's picture

don't care how to define it, Just Do It 

Imminent Crucible's picture

Let's be clear about one thing: Any time black markets become necessary institutions, it is because the government's intervened, distorted, rigged "legitimate" markets have failed. The black market is then the real market.

See 'Soviet Union and G.Y.M. stores with nothing on the shelves'.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Rome never fell. It just changed colors..............and will do (is doing) so again.

<How many of you can speak Mandarin cus it's all Greek to me?>

Michaelwiseguy's picture

I'm developing a new twist to the model they originally developed, to use against them.

We all take for granted the heavy hand of our government employees. This is what we do about it, by teaching those public employees to know their role;

We should have required "Presumption of Freedom, Presumption of Innocence of American Citizens Sensitivity Training", administered through human resource departments of all government agencies.

These classes will include the citing of law that backs up and reinforces the training topics covered in the lessons.

I'll have more on this subject as I develop my new realm of education for government employees.

I'm starting this New Entrepreneurial business today and invite you to participate and join me in this endeavor.

We can pass a law requiring public employee role teaching. Everyone who works for a fortune 500 company has to sit through the social engineering sensitivity training lessons. Lots of companies specialize in this field. They can add another course study to their specialties for public employees, especially for those who work in law enforcement. There's money to be made in this business.

There is a difference between public and private concerns.  Charter school employees come to mind.

The auto dealer and employees that service government owned equipment will not be required to have training. That sort of thing. I'm pretty frugal about what my property and income tax dollars are being spent on. The type of training courses can be tailored to each occupation. It's not rocket science, and it's money well spent, knowing I have respectful employees working for me.  Only people who are employed by governments through subcontractors that have direct contact physically with the public that employ them, will be required to have public interaction sensitivity training. If they have a problem with it, those private companies are perfectly free to conduct their business exclusively in the private sector as they see fit.

Preventing Harassment and Discrimination, Connecting With Respect
Developed as a practical and easy-to-implement workshop for organizations ready for a different kind of “diversity” training, Connecting with Respect represents the newest and most original approach to cultural excellence in decades.

Respectful Workplace


kito's picture

anybody else notice the federal spending and deficit numbers are rolling backwards??? it gives me a sudden surge of hope....just maybe it will continue, just maybe........................(and yes, the debt continues to climb, but allow me this one brief illusion).................

Sweet Chicken's picture

Like staring at spokes of wheels spinning and creating the illusion the bicycle is moving backwards.

WarPony's picture

No more free bread and circuses?  Note to self: incorporate Vatican.

Boilermaker's picture

yea, yea, interesting piece.

Now, can we get back to banging the close on the SPX?  I'm saying 10 handles just for shits and gigs.

billwilson's picture

Hmmm ... maybe a military industrial comples that generates wars and deficits forever. 

Hmmm ... maybe a health/pharma industrial complex that bankrupts citizens one by one.

Hmmm ... maybe a financial industrial complex that is sucking the host dry

Make no mistake it is the corporate welfare bums that are destroying the society

Zero Govt's picture

Govt : absolute Heaven for the Parasite Class

Anusocracy's picture

Government is the sandbox of sociopaths.

TrumpXVI's picture

Sure, this is the great iconic tragedy told and retold in western literature; King Arthur/Camelot.  The story of the great and just realm, unconquerable from the outside, but that crumbles and falls due to rot from within.  

This has been the story since the beginning.  Human nature never changes.

lemonobrien's picture

i call it a "cluster-fuck" but I'm plain ans simple.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture


Goddamn -- that just says it so nicely.

Mercury's picture

"Ineptocracy" sounds like Frank Zappa's quip:

Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.

But really it's just democracy he's complaining about on this post which he probably can't get himself to admit in public since it's supposed to be a holy word and ideal but in reality it is, all by itself, a serious and mortal threat to "the 49%".

Defiant1968's picture

But really it's just democracy he's complaining about on this post which he probably can't get himself to admit in public since it's supposed to be a holy word and ideal but in reality it is, all by itself, a serious and mortal threat to "the 49%".



toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

The cartoon is a classic and the T-shirt is destined to be one.

prains's picture

Wow the 99% are calling the shots??????
Who would have thought it possible thanks for clearing that up

BlackVoid's picture

"America as we know it won't collapse,"

LOL. What a crap meaningless article.

Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus's picture

The vested, special interests currently manipulating the country into a potemkin-progressive fascist subsidiary of the largests international banks reminds me of something my old pal Marcus once said:

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague."

Zero Govt's picture

Govt is the traitor, the traitor to the individual

Govt collectivises as "representing society" then thieves, lies and oppresses the individual

Govt fabricates a nation State, another 100% BS concept to suppress the individuals freedom

Govt is a fabrication, a bigger pile of shit producing nothing but shit you'll never meet in your life

3,000 years of shit ...time to end this dumb stinking joke

Stop Paying Tax ...give the sucker/s the boot once and for all time

randomdrift's picture

"All the great historians agree that, all of the great Western Civilizations fell due to the same <one particular unmentionalble people.>"  That quotation comes from history books and commentaries from the early twentieth century; the "great historians" included Gibbon and Toynbee; and the "great Western civilizations" were the Assyrian, Helenistic, and Roman Empires. 

The Roman Emporer Constantine also identified them as one of the leading causes of the decline of Rome and the Roman Empire. He concluded that the problems that they had caused were insurmountable. So, he founded a new Capitol, in Constantinople, rather than trying to reform Rome. He put a prohibition against their entering his new capitol, under pain of death. That prohibition remained in force for many centuries and Constantinople stood unconquored for many centuries after Rome fell. 

The problems they caused were the same as they are causing today.


ciao's picture

Gibbon spoke of Abrahamic intolerance and the soft centre.  You identify this with Judaism yet imply in your scketch that Chistianity and Islam somehow stand aside from it.  This sort of rhetoric is the sort of slapstick farce we expect of Americans.  Gibbon's attention was focused on the intolerant Christian sect.  The Romans had long supported religious autonomy in its empire.  Those that extinguished the flame of the Vestal Virgins brooked no religious dissent in any corner of the empire. 

Gibbon also  identified the tribunes and the ever softening core of the Empire. 

The incompatibility and inevitably degerative condition with the coupling of Lodge and Roosevelt's social Darwinism with the hardened warrior core for their American Empire overcame those that knew better like Reid by means of jingoism aided and abetted by Randolph Hearst.  Of coarse that was augmented by the raw greed and social Darwinist pre-existing frontier exceptionalism as applied to the tribes and the Mexicans.

Abrahamic intolerance and neo liberal philsophical is at the core of the American tradition.  It is framed in all the isms, and especially so in objectivism.   In Judaism and Christianity those philosophers (Maimonedes and Thomas Aquinas) that received the Aristotlonean translations and made a more tolerant philosophical tradition their own extinguished the degenerate pre-existing Neo_Platonism that had philsophically underwritten the intolerance of the likes of Ambrose and Augustine.   Maimonedes and Thomas/Magnus were indebted to Aristotlonean Islamic scholars like Avicenna and Averroes whose works and translations brought the restorative therapy of that tradition to life for them.  

What I am saying to you is that you should put your anti-semitism aside and read your history better than those childish jingoes that went before you in the American tradition if you wish to have any intellectual standing. 

The American Empire was always fatally philosophically flawed and survived by the missteps of others and the lack of proximity to them.  The 100 years of COIN in the Philippines gives the rub of how America has been unable to hold ground.  It can wreck but it can't build or maintain client sstates over anything beyond the medium term.  From the high point of 1960 it has all been downhill.  Intelligence led warfare has now become so patterned that even the useful idiots have learned how to game it. 

The reason for Obama's November 21, 2012  Presidential Memorandum -- National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs is that Rome is replaying itself. 

The executive will give up their zionists and try on a pseudo Lucas Cornelius Sulla cut out that will seek to redeem everything except the degenerative intolerant condition that preordained the American Empire's demise.  

All American citizens can do as it plays out is to go long on ammo.