For example, the store's online inventory says something is in stock and when you get to the store, it's not on the shelf. A small issue, but telling nonetheless.
Or you might call a local government agency to get an explanation of how a new fee is calculated, and nobody's ever available to explain it--or sort out your punitive late fee even though you paid on time.
Sure, it's easy to blame it all on the pandemic, but quality has been eroding as costs have risen for years.
That $1 billion bridge is now $3 billion--oh, sorry, make that $4 billion. If we ever get it finished, better estimate $5 billion.
Even the most basic projects take years or decades, congestion and homelessness increase, and education that's not aligned with the real economy flounders on.
All their "solutions" boil down to one recommendation:
Why? That's an interesting question with no one answer.
Every decision is made to maximize while cloaking the predation with sickly-sweet propaganda of the most transparent type.
Insiders protect other insiders lest transparency reveal the insiders' skims and scams and the failure of the institution to fulfill its purpose.
So as Louis-Vincent Gave recently explained, . If insiders just maintain the status quo and don't rock the boat with any risky innovations or policies, no one will look too deeply at the systemic failures or the rising risks of the whole rotten mess collapsing.
Indeed, spectacular failure is the excuse for bigger budgets, more staffing, more studies, etc.
In either case, the customer / end-user can be ignored . Or the choice is false: your choice of healthcare insurance provider, Internet provider, etc. is between two equally predatory companies.
Yes, there are alternative platforms for posting videos other than YouTube, but few will see your content because "everybody goes to YouTube." So content providers have to not just promote their content, they have to promote the alternative platform in a system that's rigged to favor the monopoly-platforms.
Insiders rig the hiring process so cronies and relatives get the jobs, and so on. Those tasked with oversight look the other way because their cushy post-retirement position awaits them if they just keep their mouth shut.
They've punched all the right cards--elite university, multiple diplomas, internship with the right judges, investment bank, etc.--but .
The government will fund the financial bailout, the fines will be wrist-slaps, the university will slip me into a highly paid position out of the limelight, and so on.
Sacrifice and discipline have been reduced to platitudes in America's elites, whose core competence is issuing .
. As the pursuit of self-interest has decayed competence, we've become obsessed with monitoring and ticking endless boxes to conform to , whether they make sense or not.
: all the compliance busy-work has nothing to do with the actual production of goods and services or innovation or excellence; as the late David Graeber said of : everyone doing it knows it's worthless.
The irony is rather rich: systemic incompetence is papered over by incompetent compliance measures, all of which drain the feeding trough.
That this extravaganza of endless "free money" debauches the currency is ignored, because all the ruling incompetents have been trained to be utterly confident that .
now means This means avoiding all risk and leaving everything as it is, lest someone notice the systemic failure.
: we'll just keep doing until the entire status quo collapses in a fetid heap of greed, self-interest and gross incompetence.