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and here, again:

"Bureaucracies, I've suggested, are not themselves forms of stupidity so much as they are ways of organizing stupidity—of managing relationships that are already characterized by extremely unequal structures of imagination, which exist because of the existence of structural violence."


"Police are bureaucrats with weapons."

The Utopia of Rules (paperback, 2016, Melville House)
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Bureaucracies public and private appear—for whatever historical reasons—to be organized in such a way as to guarantee that a significant proportion of actors will not be able to perform their tasks as expected. It's in this sense that I've said one can fairly say that bureaucracies are utopian forms of organization. After all, is this not what we always say of utopians: that they have a naïve faith in the perfectibility of human nature and refuse to deal with humans as they actually are? Which is, are we not also told, what leads them to set impossible standards and then blame the individuals for not living up to them? But in fact all bureaucracies do this, insofar as they set demands they insist are reasonable, and then, on discovering that they are not reasonable (since a significant number of people will always be unable to perform as expected), conclude that the problem is not with the demands themselves but with the individual inadequacy of each particular human being who fails to live up to them.

The Utopia of Rules by

found this an interesting take on administrative burden, which assumes that policy as written is intended to reflect a societal goal and that policy implementation puts (often intentional) friction preventing people and society from reaching those intended goals.

The Utopia of Rules (paperback, 2016, Melville House)
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v long quote about technology following societal values and prioritization vs technological determinism

White Magic (hardcover, 2021, Tin House Books)
5 star

Throughout her life, Elissa Washuta has been surrounded by cheap facsimiles of Native spiritual tools …


5 star

a collection of essays weaving together magic, whiteness, indigeneity and colonization, the pacific northwest, domestic violence and living and loving through ptsd, alcohol and sobriety, red dead redemption 2. beautiful, excited to dig into some of the footnotes (esp about indigenous stories and their relationship to natural phenomena, like the Salish stories of historic Seattle earthquakes along a fault caused by serpent a'yahos:

Work Won't Love You Back (2021, PublicAffairs)
4 star

for the burntout

4 star

this book delivers what it promises but was more deeply researched and expansive than I expected—rolls in labor history, ones relationship to work, social programs, etc, to paint a picture of a cultivated and toxic modern relationship to work. was a concrete way to tie in theory, history, and work malaise, though I lost a bit of interest toward the end and petered out about 3/4 of the way through