...it is our sorting of the world that brings thieving into being, and that in insisting on that sorting we affirm a particular image of the artistic self. It is a self, for one thing, distinct from the "others" whose material it uses, and that distinction creates, I think, what Rimbaud calls "the false meaning of the Ego".
My advocacy for various things will startle some readers, since people often think professors should stay in their ivory towers and “be above it all” (or at least “out of it”). But I think, to the contrary, that professors have an obligation to speak what they believe to be the truth, especially when they see important social values such as freedom and equality under attack. This is the big reason for tenure. It pays a free society in the long run to safeguard teachers so they can say whatever they think is true without fear of losing their jobs. It’s an implicit part of our role to profess the truth, as best we know it. That’s why we’re called profess-ors.
from Bob Altemeyer's - The Authoritarians (2006), one of the few books worth reading if you're interested in the strong links between politics, religion and psychology, or if you simply have the right to vote and want to keep it. Also, it's freely accessible. Check it out before your next discussion about god or democracy with your friends.
Here's how to ensure a stupid and mecanic administration in the European Union:
First, organize a complex activity of exams, then forget about those who pass them.
Second, write the staff regulations, which are reasonable in size but contain idiotic provisions, like:
- split the contract and temporary agents into groups, each group with several steps
- then put them into probationary periods at half of the duration of their contracts, so if you get a contract for 1 year, you have a probationary period of 6 to 9 months (depends on the group you belong to)
this provision ensures that if you get hired you are kept on your toes, you will wear a tie and a uniform, and think conformist: any (maybe rightful sometimes) conflict has a chance to end your job.
a probationary period of 6 months for a contract of 3 years sounds reasonable; a probationary period of 9 months for a contract of 2 years is a statement that you will have nothing to say and have nothing better to do but to move from an agency to another unless you're prepared to kiss some strategic ass.
and what is the meaning of a probationary period for somebody who has 16 years work experience in chunks of 3 to 10 years?
- then, another idiocy: "produces the appropriate character references as to his suitability for the performance of his duties"; which confirms that the probationary period is there to make your personality and brain smooth.
- then require that the applicant fills a form describing his entire life; the form being different from European Agency to European Agency, BUT written in Microsoft Word of course;
- then charge an Agency with defining a standard form for applications in the entire EU administration, then forget about it; each with his own;
- then, at the interview, bring a commission of people in ties and uniforms, applying a machine test with childish, kindergarten-like, questions to the poor applicant in front of them, who managed to fly or travel over a few countries to reach that place;
- then, for the technical people, offer them contracts of two years renewable, but for those who got MBAs in humanities, give them 5 year contracts, 'coz, I assume, it's harder to check if what they're doing is right;
- then, along with the application form that is supposed to describe your life, force the applicant to fill some other three forms for reimbursement of travel to the interview: and guess how two of them are named "Legal entity" and "Financial entity";
- name the payment for your contracted service: "Emoluments". so that it sounds UN-like. hearing people asking each other: did you get your emolument this month?
- those application forms, I have the feeling that they're completed for a machine; is there a person who reads them up in the end? what's wrong with a structured CV in their stead? I can imagine some serious-looking drones fluffing around stacks of paper and administering databases containing just a job application, ridiculous, wouldn't you agree?
Idiots. There's so much more to write but I don't have the nerves to continue.
What stupid bureaucratic drones designed this system so as to break the patience and determination of any life form with a mind of its own?
I suggest an EU commission be formed, with four persons not wearing a tie. These should be sent in U.S. for a year, to apply for a job continuously, and learn how this should be done in a straightforward way, then get those people to write a goddamn simple and effective methodology for recruiting people in the EU administration.
I had two interviews by now with two EU agencies, guys, once I saw you "at work", I had strong doubts that if I would have been offered the job I would have accepted it. Fortunately, i was spared the dilemma, I didn't get an offer.
I've just located another opening, 9 month probationary, 2 years contract. I will skip this one, and the rest of them with these conditions. I am not a lifeless billiard ball to be bounced around by mindless drones.
Here's my list of wishes for the next year:
- banning the wearing of suit and ties in public places, gatherings, conferences, workshops etc.
- cutting the background sound from the TV news (the one that says tam tapatam tarapatam pa tam while you're struggling to figure out from the noise what the hell happened today)
- writing in any State's Constitution, or in the UN charter, the universal wealth limit principle: no person should own at any time a wealth greater than the equivalent of a lifetime of average salaries
- universal Internet infrastructure availability and accessibility gets recognized as a gauge of democracy
- a psychiatric evaluation is performed for each militant non-smoker, the out of scale results are made public
- no private funds are available to anybody involved in any electoral process; alternatively, all the parties and parliaments get dismantled and replaced with civil servants proposed and elected online on professional grounds by the entire population for task-oriented jobs;
- all those who benefit from some form of copyright today will pay back this year all their sources of inspiration, from the inheritors of Aristotle to the people and cats wandering the streets today; these copyright owners will also have to buy a picture of a hard drive and not the real hard drive itself for the price of the real hard drive;
- all the research paid at least partially from public funds is guaranteed to be comprehensively accessible worldwide
- usage of personal cars in urban areas gets banned
- the words manager, customer, stakeholder, business and market are eliminated from the vocabulary of those who are not directly involved in commercial activities
- all mentions of religion are eliminated from any State's Constitution (inspired from here)