The institutionalisation of madness is increasingly commonplace:
“”Madness,” in both popular usage and in its now outmoded professional sense, is characterised by beliefs that are out of touch with reality or contrary to evidence, that are associated with negative emotions and unhelpful behaviours, and that impair functioning. The term is an apt descriptor for our society’s efforts in child protection…”
Accreditation, child protection, government in general:
“DG: Returning just for a moment to your contention that governments need to exercise power. Is this just a psychological aberration amongst power seekers, or is there more to it than that?
“RM: I regard it as a mental illness. People such as you and me and our readers are generally wealth seekers. We want to live a prosperous, comfortable life and we seek wealth in order to do that. By contrast, people who rise to the top in government are power seekers. They get their satisfaction from forcing other people to do what they want. They are essentially bullies.
“Let’s offer a little proof here. Practically every piece of legislation enacted in the last 100 years has involved the use of force on persons who have not harmed anyone. Anybody who wants that privilege has to have something wrong with them, so I think it’s a given that when you’re dealing with a high-level politician or a high-level bureaucrat, you’re dealing with somebody who likes to push other people around, and that’s the fundamental factor that the American founders were looking at when they created the Constitution. They understood that political power corrupts the morals and the judgment.”
The minor bureaucrats with big ideas in the cartel can leverage the more successful bureaucrats that have made it into government. Government can then assist with marketplace coercion both informally through trade bodies and through legislation.