The London Economist, which first proclaimed Parkinson's Law (Work expands to fill the time available for its completion) in 1955, has made a horrifying discovery. The original dogma explained the growth of government: Bureaucrats create work to justify their own positions. The computer chip and other electronic wonders of the modern office should by now have "rescued us from the bureaucratic suffocation envisioned by Mr. Parkinson," the British journal reasons.
"Would it were so," the Economist concludes. "This year, for the first time, more Americans work in government than in manufacturing. Mr. Parkinson's observation that bureaucracies grow inexorably, independent of their workload, is as true today as on the day it was first made."
True, the bureaucrats' offices are now equipped with all sorts of presumably labor-saving devices like computers. To no avail. "Robots have reduced the number of people it takes to make a car. "Why have computers -- white-collar robots -- not reduced the number of people it takes to run a government?"