Boy Scouts, bureaucracy, saving our youth!
Yesterday I heard that the Boy Scouts of America has now banned scouts from shooting each other with water guns and says if you play with a water balloon that it is to be inflated no larger than a ping pong ball. First I thought this was from the onion but now I see that it is factual and being reported by many people. Here is one example.
Many are shocked, I am not. Long ago I noticed that scouting was in a downward trend due to bureaucracy. That is indeed the problem by the way, might I remind you of “the iron law of bureaucracy“? It was written by modern thinker Jerry Pournell…
Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people”:
First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisers in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.
Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.
This is truly what has drug down the Boy Scouts and most other scouting organizations, I also tell you truly there is no recourse, the down slide will continue.
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