Innovator and Bureaucrat

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Dec 16, 2012, 4:22:55 AM12/16/12
The innovator and the bureaucrat are frequently hostile to one another. There is a reason why.

The innovator thinks for himself. He has to; it is his intelligence - as distinct from that of another - that makes it possible for him to innovate. The bureaucrat thinks party line and thinks anything else craziness or betrayal.

The innovator produces inventions and ideas that are novel and distinct. The bureaucrat is afraid of anything novel or distinct.

The innovator thinks about how to make life better for people. The bureaucrat thinks about how to control people.

The innovator does things in original ways. The bureaucrat worships the protocol.

The most successful innovators are ones whose innovations have been systematized, meaning that now there are bureaucrats staffing what they have created. And these tend to forget to what is it that they owe their establishment. So that, when they are themselves met with innovators, they attack frequently in ugly ways. That is because they've forgotten that before there was the bureaucracy someone had to create it, and without the innovator none of these bureaucracies would themselves exist.

By bureaucracy, I don't only mean government. Corporate bureaucracies can be nasty as well; as can the bureaucracies surrounding any given pursuit. There were people with very bureaucratic mentality on an Objectivist philosophy google group who forcibly pushed objectivist orthodoxy, even against people who had agreement with many of Ayn Rand's writings. It took an innovator - Ayn Rand - to create what these people were doing; but they attacked most maliciously the most original thinkers on these groups.

The bureaucrat fancies himself the authority and goes to war with innovative minds. But before the bureaucrat got himself a place in some comfortable bureaucracy - private or public - someone had to create the establishment, and that person was the innovator. The innovator is therefore the true source of the authority that the bureaucrat wields; and without the innovator the bureaucrat would have had very little of what he has.
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