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The term “performance” is defined to be the scapegoat to firing employees in private and public institutions.  For the daily workers, performance is made very easy to evaluating: “How many units has the worker churned out?”  For the educated and graduate students (or technocrats), performance is evaluated with a rather long list of indices that the various managers in the hierarchy subjectively judge accordingly.  Primarily in the list are keeping on schedule and obeying the rules and regulations of a corporation or a public institution.  In order to fulfill the “mission” (or the  faked lustrous image of an institution), an educated or semi-professional employee has to come 30 minutes earlier than regulation and leave at least two hours later of regulation:  You have to prove to the corporation that the company is your first family to pay allegiance to and to do various chores free of charge.  Competence or creativity is on the list but secondary in value for hiring.

Why competence is not highly valued and performance of routine jobs is given so much priority?  The school system in the US (primary, secondary, and high school) is structured to satisfying corporate value system.  The school system passes every students who showed up on time, kept on schedule, and was obedient to rules and regulations.  Students who proved to be creative might b e on the honor list; but how many students learn to care being on honor list?  Corporations don’t care about creativity when you are first hired; they give priority to how obedient you tend to be to your master. 

The German scientist and educator Von Humboldt wrote:  “When you produce on command, we may admire your product, but we definitely despise the man.” He resumed ” What you fail to choose by your own volition, what you are forced to learn against your inclinations  will remain stranger and never be identified as a trait of your personality.  When an action or a learning process is done mechanically then, it cannot lead to creativity since you didn’t employ your human force and zeal in it.” 

British economist Adam Smith warned:  “State should intervene to preventing chain production by workers that renders them stupid and ignorant.”  The American social reformer and educator John Dewey (1859-1952) considered as “non liberal and immoral to forming kids for the job market in the perspective of just gain.”

Actually, experts and professionals learn that in order to keeping their jobs they should not indulge in “emotional” or ethical considerations in their reports.  What is of value is the end results; the corporation tells them:  “Show me the range of practical methods to bypassing laws and ethical situations in order to reach a winning contract.”

Bakunin predicted in the 19th century how political systems will be run that we are witnessing realization; he wrote: “The technocrats (educated people) has but two alternatives: either they profit from popular struggles and take power and then, institute “red bureaucracy” that will exert terrible tyrannies; or they will be at the service of “democratic” capitalist systems of barons of industries.  In the second alternative, the technocrats will strike the people with people’s sticks.”

Thus, both political systems of capitalism and communism rely on the same technocrats to running policies,  For example, the same technocrats in former communist States (that git their independence from former Soviet Union) are the ones indulging in the new capitalist system and reaping individual fortunes; they are the ones most vocal for capitalist market systems.

The American Charles Francis Adams wrote in 1880: “Our future depends of universities, schools, specialists, experts, writers, and of all administrators of ideological and economic institutions.”  They are the current technocrats or engaged educated people.  He resumed: “Citizens are no longer asked to maintaining such or such political parties in power.  Citizens are to just respect order and submit to laws.”  The people should be mere spectators to actions of the technocrats.  Fact is people have even relinquished being spectators: They refuse to vote and judge the performance of their elected politicians.  They are becoming “apolitical”.

The isolated technocrats, professionals, experts in public and private institutions write reports that satisfy the desires of their masters, patrons, and deep pocket financiers.  The reports are to be devoid of any ethical and moral considerations lest the technocrats are evaluated “emotional” and delinquent soft of mind.  The isolated technocrats learn quickly to submit practical alternatives “ethically neutral” for victory.  The end result justifies the sordid means.

The technocrats are running policies independently of politics.  Is that how democracy is defined?  To isolate technocrats from political responsibilities?

The technocrats recover their moral standing after they are fired or led to pasture on retirement:  They write their autobiographies and considerations when it is too late to affect the course of actions in reforming democracy and fighting the main sources of power behind the shadowy governments: the multinational and monopolistic entreprises.




September 2010

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