The Decline of Civilisation (Ch.16e) : Democracy of Managers
Democracy of Managers : Ch.16e
The modern world had become inseparable from free democracy. Every citizen exercised a vote for public government, as did every shareholder for company or House elections. Most citizens were managers of one sort or another. It had become the fashion amongst management to create managers in every profession, at many levels. A manager might manage hundreds of people, or he or she might manage only themselves; the title often suggested the same. The title gave an impression of having control over their own work. The impression of millions of self managing units of people was created, each one working in the most sensible and efficient ways.
The citizens owned their own homes; an impression of independence. In fact their homes were usually apartment flats, with an average of two or three rooms, which for many years of their lives were mortgaged to banks. If they did not mortgage they rented. Few controlled their own destinies in any real way.
In electoral politics the voice of the individual was swallowed up in the political machines of the parties, and lost in the mix of compromise and interests. The rule of the possible ensured that change was not possible.