State Capture

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

I keep read­ing ar­ti­cles & news posts about how the Trump Administration is do­ing a bad job of com­mu­ni­cat­ing its poli­cies & gov­er­nance. This pre­sup­pos­es two things:

  1. That the Trump Administration has ob­jec­tive­ly and holis­ti­cal­ly com­pre­hen­si­ble poli­cies and gov­er­nance strate­gies
  2. That they have the de­sire to com­mu­ni­cate them clear­ly to the pub­lic via the me­dia

I think the press is still do­ing a bad job at un­der­stand­ing what’s go­ing on here. The eas­i­est way to #DrainTheSwamp is through ne­glect. Shut down what­ev­er you can, fill key po­si­tions with ad­min­is­tra­tors who will fur­ther ham­string the bu­reau­cra­cy, and leave the rest to dry rot.

This is the kind of state/​reg­u­la­to­ry cap­ture you learn about in an in­tro­duc­to­ry pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion course.