Listening to senior Government employees discuss policy, process, evaluation and accountability is a truly unique cultural experience. I mean, “when it comes down to it decisions have to be made and someone has to make them.”
This is a tiny manifesto against policy. It is taken from the eighth page of David Graeber’s Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology (2004), which is published through Prickly Paradigm Press.
against policy (a tiny manifesto):
The notion of “policy” presumes a state or
governing apparatus which imposes its will on
others. “Policy” is the negation of politics; policy is
by definition something concocted by some form of
elite, which presumes it knows better than others
how their affairs are to be conducted. By participating
in policy debates the very best one can
achieve is to limit the damage, since the very
premise is inimical to the idea of people managing
their own affairs.