The three laws of bureaucracy by Mr. North:
- No matter how tightly the by-laws are written for a tax-funded agency, some agency bureaucrat will exceed common sense in his attempt to follow the text.
- The bureaucracy will back up the bureaucrat who does this until such time as there is a revolt by those funding the bureaucracy.
- All bureaucracies seek to secure guaranteed future income from the taxpayers, no matter what the taxpayers say or do.
- The taxpayers will finally revolt.
I think I have seen other lists like this one, but it is a good one. Mr. North has it wrapped up well.