A primary conceit of modern bureaucracy is the imposition of strict liability upon the regulated but not the regulators. The bureaucrats demand obedience because of their “expertise,” yet they simultaneously demand perfect knowledge on the part of non-expert individuals who must understand and abide by every rule; after all, ignorance of the law is no excuse. It is not the bureaucrat’s duty to explain, but the citizen’s obligation to know.To be filed under
Governance: good for whom?
Rights vs. Responsibilities
The rule of law and who watches the watchers