Beat the system, work the system, drop out of the system, smash the system, reform the system: we’ve all seen them on demo placards over the years. But as always with Hubris sapiens, the ultimate denialist, we ignore the real problem.
A common phrase in the newspapers of my youth was ‘the Body Politic’. The human analogy was obvious. We used in turn to talk about a body of knowledge, the body of the Kirk, and so forth. Then several bright but useless persons in America realised they had to invent a need for themselves. This became Management Consultancy. Management Consultancy began to stress the need for systematic analysis: the way to more efficient company performance, they lied, was to improve the process – the system. From this came an early example of jargobollocks: the word ‘systemic’. Continue reading