Bureaucratic Perónism

Dalrymple tries to contact a government department that offers grants to organisations that want to pursue certain projects and seek subsidies.

Irrespective of the effects of subsidies in general, I knew of an organisation that was seeking a subsidy for something that I considered deleterious to the town in which I lived and wanted to make objection to it.

He finds the website of the government department that hands out the subsidies, but

there was no means of communicating with it except by applying to it for a grant. It had no address, postal or e-mail, and no telephone number. Although it was only a department, the website did not say what it was a department of.

In other words, says Dalrymple,

it handed out grants to applicants, but only at its own discretion. Its power was (in its own small corner of the world) absolute. It gave no clue as to the criteria it used in choosing the applicants to subsidise; the public had no say in its deliberations. The public’s only relationship with it was to pay its taxes, from which the subsidies it granted were drawn.

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