I think most people that have any real exposure to large bureaucracies maintain at least a moderate mistrust. This is not paranoia.
Every time the excuse “I was only doing what I was told” is used it send chills down my spine. Hundreds, maybe thousands of Nazi war criminals used this excuse and attributed their actions as just one part of the whole. They were merely a cog in the machine that was the Nazi bureaucracy.
We see it all over today. It could be in the IRS, the phone company, or the guy who is trying to bulldoze your house because of an order on a piece of paper. You name the frustration; it is likely rooted in some sort of bureaucratic nonsense that drives us crazy.
Now there is a huge bureaucracy that could get us (as in the entire planet) killed. Dead. Gone.
In the eastern regions of France lays the CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) facility which houses over 6,300 scientists working feverishly to bring online the most powerful particle accelerator in the world.
The main purpose of this facility is to produce antimatter and black holes.
If CERN’s antimatter factory were to blow up today it would only affect the regions bordering France and Switzerland.
If CERN is able to produce just one stable black hole, it could destroy the world.
The United States of America will be funding over $1 Billion Dollars towards this French experiment into creating potentially devastating black holes.
These black holes, the densest matter in the universe, will plummet to the very core of the earth, then, slowly at first, growing one particle, one quark at a time, but at an ever accelerating rate.
Scientists have estimated that a stable black hole at the center of the earth could consume the whole planet in the very short time span of between 4 minutes and 30 seconds and 7 minutes.
That age-old question: Will our planet disappear in the twinkling of an eye? – Now becomes a probability if and when the CERN facility is allowed to go on-line in 2007.
Interesting. I really don’t know enough about physics to know if there is a valid danger to the world. Making black holes on earth certainly sounds like a bad idea. I’d prefer they save this sort of thing for experiments on the moon (it would give us some time to figure out what to do before the orbit decays).
My fear is not based on my knowledge of science; my fear is based on my experience with bureaucracies.
From a bureaucratic point of view, I can see how the worst-case scenario could happen. When billions of dollars are being spent, politics is definitely involved. And politicians do not like to be told that the project they are supporting could destroy every living thing on the planet. Don’t believe me? Just look at the US decisions regarding the Kyoto protocol. Or how about the unwillingness of government to give up on the “War on Drugs”? That hasn’t worked in 20 years, so why stop now?
In this sort of bureaucratic work environment, people who raise a red flag are often reprimanded or fired. Also in large organizations there is a tendency toward compartmentalization and specialization. Although this creates efficiency in some areas, it stifles freethinking outside an employee’s bailiwick. Therefore, everyone assumes that someone else has the responsibility to explore the potential for destroying the world and has already worked it out. Thus, it is assumed to be safe to continue.