4 The New Dark Ages: The Bureaucratic (Church) Class

            The Baron sat on his throne and spoke openly to the Archbishop.  “We are agreed, then.  We recommend Charles to the King for appointment to the Bishopric.”

            “Charles will do well.”  The Archbishop nodded.  “The Bishopric really controls nothing but a few insignificant parishes and a monastery.  He won’t be able to screw anything up.”

            “Of course, Rome will have to approve.”

            “But that is a given.  Rome never seriously objects on these lesser positions.”

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            The CEO sat behind his desk and spoke openly to the Cabinet Assistant Secretary.  “We are agreed, then.  We recommend Charles to the President for appointment to the department.”

            “Charles will do well.”  The Assistant Secretary nodded.  “The department controls nothing but a few insignificant offices and a technology center.  He won’t be able to screw anything up.”

            “Of course the Senate will have to approve.”

            “But that is a given.  The Senate never seriously objects on these lesser positions.”

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Welcome to the New Dark Ages

 

            The Owner class – those elected to power – will appoint ministers, cabinet secretaries and heads of departments out of their own ranks like the Nobility of old appointed Bishops, Archbishops and the like.  Sadly, like their Medieval counterparts, these appointments are and will be more concerned with enriching themselves than they will with seeing to the system.  The reasons will be the same as before.

            For one, the government departments, like the Bishoprics will be too large and unwieldy to get everywhere and examine everything.  The idea of visiting every office (parish) will be too time consuming to be worthwhile.  The “head” will not even know all of the work for which his people are responsible until some other department (bishopric) tries to take it away .  Then there will be a fight for territory.

            For two, the bureaucrats, like parish priests will be lifetime positions (especially as the unions exert more and more hold on the work).  Even if a “head” becomes aware of utter incompetence in some office, it will be impossible to get rid of the person or persons.  They may be shifted around, but that will just spread the incompetence elsewhere.

            To be fair, many bureaucrats, like many a priest of old, will do their best to do a credible job in the position.  But their hands will be tied by the very rules and regulations they are to uphold and enforce.  They will not be able to do anything about something that even they see as an injustice without being branded a whistleblower, rebel (heretic) – and then they can be gotten rid of… 

            One of the chief occupations of the bureaucratic (church) class, of course, will be to keep the coffers full.  There was always a poor box, and the peasants (employment class) were and will be told over and over to consider the poor and destitute.  Some of it will go up the ladder and enrich the upper bureaucrats and department heads, but some of it will be used to actually help the poor: by which I mean the needy, yes, but also thieves, beggars, prostitutes, and the terminally lazy even as it does now.  Still, the bureaucratic class will harp on the poor and destitute because they understand that  much of their power, not to mention many of their jobs, will be directly tied to this permanent, non-productive underclass.  The peasants (the employed) will be squeezed for their money.  Oh wait, we already are.

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