Famous Laurence J. Peter Quote

“Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.”

~ Laurence J. Peter

Ratings and Comments

jim k, Austin,Tx

The Peter Principle, one great book. It explains why every organization eventually has bad management somewhere along the way.

J Carlton, Calgary

Bureacracy is another aspect of "work to rule" public service unions that, for the most poart, we could all do without. Most public service agencies should be privatized and under contract to actually perform.

Waffler, Smith

This is good and is a necessity in a large society. Otherwise every one would be changing things daily. "Standard Operating Procedures" should continue to be "SOP" until the correct authority changes it. Bureacracy was created to end the spoils system of politics and to protect government for the whims of incoming hacks.

J Carlton, Calgary

"correct authority...protect government" Waffler ever the communist advocate. At what point Waffler, do we shut down a CRIMINAL system? At what point do you stop Government in its tracks from taking everything you have? According to you, never! I guees we should all just acknowledge that we are government property to be fleeced like sheep. Or we could act like Americans and shut this petty tyranny down. Vote them all out!

Johann Hollar, St. Paul

His words ring true to all educators.

E Archer, NYC

Leave it to Waffler (retired government employee) to twist the opposite meaning out of a quote to support his own love of bureaucracy.

Waffler, Smith

If Archer would ever study history he would know that there is no twisting going on here. Sometime in the 19th century a form of civil service testing and bureaus were established to prevent political hacks from changing things at whim. If he did any reading at all he would know that hearings and time for public comment are constanly established when any change in the way of doing things is contemplated. He undoubtedly objects even to this public comment idea since he abhors not really government but he abhors people, the public, the so called collective. He in effect wants to do whatever he wants to do and every one else including his neighbor be damned.

E Archer, NYC

Waffler, the quote describes you exactly.


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