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Carl’s Corollary

Consider two of the axiomatic observations of the General Theory of Idiocy:

The SNAFU Principle: “In any social hierarchy, the noise added to a communication between individuals in that hierarchy is directly proportional to the distance between them, and the factor of proportionality will be proportional to the perceived risk to them.”

The Multivariate Peter Principle: “In a hierarchy, every member of the hierarchy tends to be barely competent for their current task, and is often incompetent for the tasks of those below them.”

As I was talking about the GToI with him, a friend of mine, Carl Madison, noted the following corollary that follows directly from these observations:

Carl’s Corollary

In general, decisions in a hierarchy are made by people who aren’t competent to evaluate the situation, based on incomplete and insufficient information.

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