Monday, December 3, 2007

Tribute to the Rules of Bureaucracy: Episode One

You may know that we here at the Thoughts have a background in public service. As such, we find the Rules of Bureaucracy by the Notorious ADB (aka "O") on the Angry Drunk Bureaucrat to be absolutely hilarious. Although he keeps the list in his sidebar it is not linked to the original posts and explanations. So in celebration of the fact that Monday is Bureaucracy Day, I've started a tribute series to link the rules to their originating posts as a... public service. It's the least that Soogle can do for you.

For Episode One of our tribute I have captured the first five Rules. Plus the Zeroth Rule. Before the clicking, please note that some rules are in the same post and some rules (either text or number) have changed. I'm sure that "O" filed paperwork in triplicate before making those changes, in observance of Rule #1, but said paperwork has been stolen by the pixies.

Rule #O:"The Rules of Bureaucracy are mutable, non-canonical, non-ordinal, and contradictory, except in the cases where they are not."
Rule #1:"Document everything you do; if you didn't write it down, it didn't happen."
Rule #2 [The Sixty Minutes Rule]: "Never do anything that would cause Ed Bradley, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Steve Croft, Leslie Stahl, or even Andy Rooney to persue you down a hallway with a camera crew."
Rule #3: "Nothing Simple is Ever Easy"
Rule #4: "It's about the money; follow the money."
Rule #5: "Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."


  1. One day, I'll post them in one, easily downloadable and copyrightable format.

  2. What you NEED to do is make t-shirts, posters, mugs... I would SO be there.

    And the nature of copyright is that it belongs to you. So if you want me to take this down, you just need to tell me. But I can't get over how cool they are, so if someone wanders from my house to yours because I did a tribute, I consider that a boon for you.