State Capture

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.