- Philip K. Howard in Try Common Sense: Replacing the Failed Ideologies of Right and Left
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Cultures with embedded habits, like individuals with habits, are hard to change. All the ligaments and tendons of Washington's permanent apparatus - civil servants, lobbyists, lawyers, contractors, media, and politicians - are conditioned to play their roles in its giant bureaucratic apparatus. Big change is literally inconceivable to them: "Why, no, that's not how we do things here." The million or so public employees, lobbyists, and other stakeholders are dug in. Civil servants have a phrase for resisting any efforts at change: "WEBEHWYGs" (pronounced WEE-BEE-WIGS), or "We'll be here when you're gone."
Posted by Michael Wade at 3:30 AM