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That's not a joke. It's standard procedure for government departments.
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With increasing size, any administration will be more and more busy just administrating itself. Probably some variant of the law of diminishing returns.
It applies to almost everything, like project management or even operating systems. The more resources there are to manage, the more of these resources will be / must be used to do that. The government is just the worst case, because they have so much to manage and the largest horde of people to do that.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
While this is true, there is hidden benefit to a system growing large enough to achieve adaptive complexity.
When enough agents get added to the system it takes on the properties of a Complex Adaptive System. Such systems exhibit a "life of their own" wherein the behavior of the individual agents does not linearly impact nor reflect the behavior of the system as a whole, but the system adapts to change and stress, and will defend itself, proving incredibly resilient.
Other entities that exhibit the properties of a CAS are economies, ecosystems, societies (we have extragovernmental unwritten rules we live by that are a product of culture) and well, particularly any human construct with enough people involved.
There is overhead involved. The process of adapting under such a system often looks like throwing things at a wall to see what sticks, but nevertheless over time, it works to the benefit of the survival of the system.
Coke survived New Coke.
Microsoft survived Windows ME
The US government survived <insert your least favorite US president>
Don't they usually recommend that they set up an interdepartmental committee with fairly broad terms
of reference so that at the end of the day they will be in the position to think through the various
implications and arrive at a decision based on long-term considerations rather than rush prematurely
into precipitate and possibly ill-conceived action which might well have unforeseen repercussions.