I haven't discussed the history book in a while. But I'm still working on it. It is still a couple of years off. There is still a lot of research to be done. This will be part of it.
Here is the Wikipedia definition for: "Bureaucracy is the structure and set of regulations in place to control activity, usually in large organizations and government. As opposed to adhocracy, it is represented by standardized procedure (rule-following) that dictates the execution of most or all processes within the body, formal division of powers, hierarchy, and relationships. In practice the interpretation and execution of policy can lead to informal influence."
America has a huge government that puts their fingers into everything. But that is wasn't I'm talking about:
Our corporations are forms of bureaucracies.
Now I think even office workers and engineers and garbage have this situation occur almost weekly at their jobs:
The boss comes over and says, "We have to do it like this now."
You look up and say, "Why?"
The boss says, "The corporate office sent an email."
And you can't argue, you can't say no, or yes, or even think about it.
IT MUST BE DONE LIKE THE CORPORATE OFFICE SAYS SO:
Who is the CORPORATE OFFICE?
Is it God?
Is it several people,
A giant machine designed by NASA?
It makes one think
"Is anyone even in control?"
Lone Star where I work is owned by a larger corporation that doesn't really exist. It is like a corporation that exists to own other small corporations.
But is that corporation owned by another corporation?
No one knows.
I go the campus cafeteria, I'm hungry, it is a state university, the food costs a shitload, the cafeteria is ran by an outside corporation
Is there no one at the campus smart enough to order food?
No one knows
But even if they did order food it would be from a corporation, that is probably owned by another corporation and each corporation has a CORPORATE OFFICE.
The CORPORATE OFFICE has replaced THE CHURCH or THE PARTY.
It is like this strange thing that exists but doesn't exist.
Like say, concerning Steak Bites.
What if I searched and found the owner of the corporation that owns the corporation that is Lone Star.
I found him on a beach in Indonesia. And said, "Sir, these steak bites are killing your product cost and costing you money."
He would be like, "What are steak bites?"
I would explain:
He would say back, I would have to go through like 35 people to get that changed, go to those 35 and talk to them.
I travel all over the world finding those 35 people and each person says they have to go through 35 other people, and finally some random person explains it was a deal they made with one of the meat companies, probably something completely insane.
I think people think that our corporations are Adhocracy which means: "any form of organization that cuts across normal bureaucratic lines to capture opportunities, solve problems, and get results."
But where I work, if the CORPORATE OFFICE has changed something, and everthing is going wrong, you can't call the CORPORATE OFFICE. You can't tell them what to do. And if the manager is like, "We will need more labor hours to do this."
The CORPORATE OFFICE responds back, "Work on cutting labor."
And the manager sits staring at the email thinking, "You didn't even bother to respond to my question, you don't care at all." But they know they must cut labor now. They walk out to the office or restaurant or factory and see that the workers are already behind, sigh, and send someone home. And instead of being a real manager and sitting around drinking coffee all day and randomly checking up on people. They are getting paid salary and so they have to go out and work with the workers. (Which defeats the porpose of the American Dream which is to work hard for ten years and end up drinking coffee all day doing nothing being a boss.) While the CORPORATE OFFICE exists somewhere no one knows. The checks say Wichita Kansas. I mean if I showed up in Kansas and was like, "Hey can you fix this?" Would there be a human there. Probably one sad woman eating a snickers bar. She looks up and says, "This is the CORPORATE OFFICE."
I say, "So where are the corporate people?" She responds, "I've never met them. I get emails."