Historical Recreation in the Kingdom of Calontir


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Patrick Anderson <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:19:52 -0600
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As one of the chief bureaucrats of the SCA, I resemble this remark, and
am doing my best to cut it down.


On Tue, Nov 12, 2013, at 10:13 AM, Mark Schuldenfrei wrote:
> On 11/12/2013 9:51 AM, Mark Schuldenfrei wrote:
> > [1] I think my friend Steffan coined the Cascading Bureaucracy Meme
> >      about 20 years ago:
> >      "We can, therefore we do.
> >      We do, therefore we have always done.
> >      We have always done, therefore we must always do.
> >      We must always do, therefore an officer must oversee the doing.
> >      There is an officer, therefore we must report.
> >      We must report, else we will lose our tax status."
> >
> >      Compare and contrast to "Justin's Rules of Good Bureaucracy":
> >      Don't make a Law if a Policy will do.
> >      Don't make a Policy if Custom suffices decently well.
> >      And don't try to change Custom if things aren't broken
> >            in the first place"
> Drx asked me to add another of my favorites from Silverwings
> Laws, written by Calontir's own Marcus de la Foret:
> "There is no niche in the SCA so small that it is safe from some dweeb 
> installing a megalithic bureaucracy to regulate it as a favor to the 
> society.
> (a)There will eventually be a monarch who will reward this dweeb with a 
> peerage for installing this atrocity. This will gladden the hearts of 
> dweebs and send them in search of their own niche to bless."
> 	Tibor, friend of Marcus, no friend of dweebs. :-)
> 	Friend of Goobs, with thanks to Pavel's memory for the lesson.

Patrick Anderson
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