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Re: You are right ...
Posted by Sinister Burt
on October 5, 2021, 3:16 pm, in reply to "You are right ...
My first glance I thought it said James Buchannan, another odious influential figure in the creation of our political system (public choice theory), but who also started a bit of a leftie (though not to the extent Burnham did). Buchannan's theory lead to the idea that public service or vocational work doesn't really exist - everyone's always working for their own enrichment, whatever they may say - therefore jobs considered a vocation/public service should be replaced with a system of targets and incentives to bring and utilise out people's inherent selfishness. This worked so well in practice as we can see all around us (if neoliberals actually believed this guff I assume it was projection, as that must be how they think)
You've probably read about him, but incase, there's not much in the wiki, though I think he's talked about more in one of Adam Curtis' films (the trap I think): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_M._Buchanan