The West needs a peaceful, orderly way to delete inapt state institutions. E.g., the Fed, the UN, NATO, the Department of Education. We want something short of a general catastrophe – war, plague, famine, pestilence, in short, Collapse – that takes down all institutions violently and unexpectedly, killing millions.
General pervasive catastrophe is the only thing that has ever worked to cleanse the administrative systems of cultures. But devising something equally effective yet much gentler does not seem to be an insurmountable engineering problem.
Iterated ritual formal elections are OK for relatively pacific and orderly changes of leadership in the creation and modification of institutions. But so far they have not been quite adequate to the elimination of inapt institutions – to their complete deletions. Thus the bureaucracy compounds out from under the control of the executive, or of anyone else.
The legislature is then reduced to coming up with new stuff on the margins, to compensate for the social deformations engendered by the institutions it formerly created but cannot now destroy, or even walk back a little. The new stuff is of course composed all of new institutions of some sort, that then take on a life of their own, and wriggle out from under legislative or executive control. The executive and the legislature are reduced to effectual impotence before the bureaucratic juggernaut.
The spoils system would correct for this, a bit. Every new administration would be accompanied by a complete churn of personnel at the agencies. But the agencies would still roll along, empowered as ever to inflict their interference upon everyone’s doings.
No; the institutions must all periodically suffer utter destruction, in the most orderly pacific way, that everyone expects and no one protests. The ancient Hebrew custom of Jubilee served somewhat the same function. What’s needed is something like a cold reboot of the formal institutions that administer what must be administered, and a liberation from administration of what need not be administered at all. I.e., a ritual infliction of subsidiaritan control, by means of a deletion of supersidiary control.
The legislature would then have real, creative work to do, in deliberating how and whether to accomplish what the dead institutions had done, or been intended to do.
Institutions could die seriatim, to reduce the turmoil. But it would perhaps be better if they died simultaneously, so that the whole ecosystem of agencies, laws and lobbyists was rebooted at once.
Something to think about.