Re-privatization will restore strength and
performance capacity to sick and incapacitated government.
'Decentralization' applied to government would not be
just another form of 'federalism' in which local rather than central
government discharges the 'doing' tasks. It would rather be a systematic
policy of using the other, the non-governmental institutions of the
society of organizations, for the actual 'doing', that is, for
performance, operations, execution.
Government would start out by asking the question:
"How do these institutions work and what can they do?" It
would then ask: "How can political and social objectives be
formulated and organized in such a manner as to become opportunities for
performance for these institutions?" It would then ask: "And
what opportunities for accomplishment of political objectives do the
abilities and capacities of these institutions offer to
government?" Re-privatization will not weaken government. Indeed,
its main purpose is to restore strength and performance capacity to sick
and incapacitated government. We cannot go much further along the road
on which government has been traveling. All we can get this way is more
bureaucracy and not more performance.
Draft a proposal to turn a social
program into an opportunity for your organization or one you might
THE AGE OF DISCONTINUITY
PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT
Every government is a 'government of forms'
Government is a poor manager. It is, of necessity,
concerned with procedure, and it is also, of necessity, large and
cumbersome. Government is also properly conscious of the fact that it
administers public funds and must account for every penny. It has no
choice but to be 'bureaucratic'. Whether government is a 'government of
laws' or a 'government of men' is debatable. But every government is, by
definition, a 'government of forms." This means inevitably high
But, the purpose of government is to make fundamental
decisions, and to make them effectively. The purpose of government is to
focus the political energies of society. It is to dramatize issues. It
is to present fundamental choices. The purpose of government, in order
words, is to govern. This, as we have learned, in other institutions, is
incompatible with 'doing'. Any attempt to combine governing with 'doing'
on a large scale, paralyzes the decision-making capacity. Business has
had to face, on a much smaller scale, the problem that modern government
now faces: the incompatibility between 'governing' and 'doing'. Business
management learned that the two have to be separated, and that the top
organ, the decision maker, has to be detached from 'doing'. Otherwise he
does not make decision, and the 'doing' does not get done either. In
business this goes by the name of 'decentralization'.
What are some clear examples of
nonprofit organizations that are doing a better job addressing a social
problem than a government agency?
The Age of Discontinuity
>> "He who does not hope to win has
JOSE JOAQUIN OLMEDO (1780-1847), Ecuadorian statesman
>>"The winners in life begin by
fantasizing their own 'scripts', as if their lives were a magnificent,
epic motion picture for which they had been chosen as writer, producer,
director and star."
DENIS WAITLEY, American personal development
counselor, lecturer, and author.
"He who waits to every man's advice will have a
"Money, like dung, does no good till 'tis
THOMAS FULLER M.D. (1654-1734), British physician and
"You don't get what you deserve, you get what
"Companies can't promise lifetime employment,
but by constant training and education we may be able to guarantee
JACK WELCH, American Industrialist, CEO of General
"Dealing with customers takes knowledge, time,
and patience ñ after all, if salespeople don't have that, they should
look for another line of work."
LEE IACOCCA, American automotive industry leader,
former CEO of Chrysler Motors.
"To win without risk is to triumph without
PIERRE CORNEILLE (1606-84), French poet.