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20 October 2012 @ 07:19 pm
AKICILJ: One of Murphy's Laws or Peter's Principles, I think  
But I can't find it. Can anyone identify the source (and original wording) of "Given enough time, any organization's primary purpose becomes self-preservation"?
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LeiaCat: greyleiacat on October 21st, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Best I can tell, this:

Network Forensics Evasion: How to Exit the Matrix http://billstclair.com/matrix/index.html

See part 1 - The Matrix" - for the following much-quoted line:

The Matrix is the social structure that subordinates Humanity to its will. It is the machinery of society that exists solely to perpetuate itself, its influence, and its power independent of any human need. It insulates us from each other and ourselves through deception, and essentially transforms us into servile engines of economic and political output (power). The machines that live off this power are institutions: large corporations, governments, schools, religious institutions, and even non-profit orgs. Every institution will reach a point in its existence where its primary function becomes self-preservation and perpetuation, instead of serving human need. At this point it becomes a machine of the Matrix.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 21st, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
That looks like it might be it! Thanks so much.