The Shirky Principle

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution, – Clay Shirky, cited by Kevin Kelly and dubbed “The Shirky Principle”

If you doubt the veracity of the Shirky Principle, consider pharmaceutical companies and Congress.

One Reply to “The Shirky Principle”

  1. In consideration of Congress with relation to the Shirky Principle, I’m reminded of the Murphy’s Law called the Alligator Principle – When you are up to your ass in alligators, it is difficult to remind yourself that your initial objective was to drain the swamp.

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