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The government collapsed under the weight of COVID-19 bureaucracy

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For a long time, social engineers have been eager to improve the world by improving human beings and their living conditions. However, this kind of “improvement” can only be achieved when the “elite” class in society becomes more and more in control of our world.

In the past year, with the emergence of COVID-19, what we have seen on a global scale is that the “elite” has obtained the perfect excuse to start establishing a real social control and management mechanism. They seized an opportunity with both hands.

COVID-19 has become the gift of aspiring social engineers who chase after people who are keen on more nanny state bureaucracies by providing them with more (taxpayer-funded) benefits, services, treatment, and “help” vote.

During the pandemic, the result was that where the Social Democratic politicians were in power, the medical bureaucracy grew.

The chief medical officer suddenly found himself in control of closing borders, imposing blockades, and enacting numerous rules and regulations.

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Queensland Police stopped a vehicle on Griffith Street Coolangatta on the Queensland border in Coolangatta, Australia on August 25, 2021. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

But giving too much power to bureaucratized experts may backfire. Large-scale “command and control” systems may eventually become too complex—and the complexity will eventually overwhelm the bureaucrats trying to run the systems they build.

The Soviet system is a typical example. Under Stalin’s rule, bureaucratized social engineering achieved initial success, but in the end, the economic system became too complicated for bureaucratic managers to understand.

The collapse began when the system was unable to maintain inventory on supermarket shelves, but then spread to a greater systemic collapse in the Gorbachev era.

This week, we saw a similar disintegration hit Queensland, where the social democratic government established an overly complex system to control COVID-19.

Over the past few months, the government has implemented a highly publicized medical autocracy, in which the prime minister, chief medical officer, minister of health, and a large group of media consultants hold daily press conferences (or media programs) to persuade voters to close borders and complex health restrictions will They rescued from the pandemic.

But in the end, the bureaucracy became too complicated.

Of course, the Queensland government found that they could not handle all the contradictions that media consultants wanted at the same time; the complex rules of border closure; the hotel quarantine system for people entering Queensland; plus a separate “quarantine area” system for sports teams and film celebrities .

The bureaucracy just became too complicated, and when popular narratives collapsed while trying to deal with too many contradictions, they lost control.

The “command and control” system built by social engineers finally reached its limit.

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Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath speaks at the Parliament Building in Brisbane, Australia on March 30, 2021. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Eventually, when the government closed the state boundary between Queensland and New South Wales, public sentiment became bad, and the Premier of Queensland was forced to apologize because the hotel quarantine system was “insufficient” and Queenslanders could not go home. At the same time, however, the families of 100 Rugby Union players and officials were allowed to enter the state’s “quarantine zone.”

All this happened with zero community transmission in Queensland.

In this case, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was forced to give in, change the rules, and allow an additional 50 Queensland families to enter the state’s isolation system.

Queensland has discovered what other states have experienced before-it is difficult to impose strict lockdowns.

Despite this difficult period, the government still insists on opposing the Prime Minister and the National Cabinet’s plan to open all Australian borders after 80% of the population is vaccinated.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (middle) with State Governors Annastacia Palaszczuk (left), Daniel Andrews (middle left) and Gladys Berejiklian (right) speaking to the media in the main committee meeting room of the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia 2020 December 11th. Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

Maybe the problem is that Queensland is now trapped by the medical bureaucracy it created?

Once the machine is built, the swamp will have its own life. With the support of the bureaucracy, competent experts have become more difficult to challenge, providing them with a steady stream of evidence to support their decisions.

The bureaucracy also continues to grow, entrenched rules shape the culture of organizations and newcomers, and left-leaning journalists strengthen the system rather than explore it.

Ordinary people simply don’t have the ability to challenge decisions or orders, and they can only obey when standing outside.

In the coming months, the ongoing conflict with the federal government and the National Cabinet plan will reveal how trapped Queensland politicians are in the bureaucracy they have created.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Eric Lou

Eric Louw is a retired professor of political communication with a career spanning universities in South Africa and Australia. Prior to this, he was a former activist, journalist and media trainer for the African National Congress, where he worked on South Africa’s transition to the post-apartheid era. Louw is an expert in affirmative action, wealth redistribution, and black economic empowerment policies. His Ph.D. studies Marxism, and later neo-Marxist theorists (Granci, Lukács, Althusser, Frankfurt School, etc.) and cultural Marxism. He is the author of nine books including “The Rise, Fall, and Legacy of Apartheid”; “The Roots of American Peace”; and “Media and Political Process.”

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