By Zygmunt Bauman
During this new booklet Zygmunt Bauman - essentially the most unique and influential social thinkers of our time - examines the selective affinity among the expansion of social inequality and the increase within the quantity of 'collateral harm' and considers its implications and its charges.
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So what they want to hear from their counsellors is how to recycle and rehabilitate the resources previously consigned to rubbish heaps: namely, how to redevelop previously neglected and written off skills (like their emotional impulses, once dismissed as ‘irrational’), and unravel inner capacities once suppressed – and now sorely missed by those condemned to swim in turbulent waters.
Architecture, painting and the other fine arts were only following suit as modernity leaped headlong into recasting the totality of human living (whether singly, severally, or all together) into a work of art. Everything in human life was to be constructed anew, to be conceived and given birth again. Nothing was to be exempted a priori, and indeed nothing was, from the human determination to bring about emancipation from the shackles of history through the expedient of ‘creative destruction’.
In his ideal type, Weber portrayed modern bureaucracy as a sort of ‘factory of rational conduct’, understood as conduct guided by the search for the best means to already given goals. If the objective of the bureaucratic organization was the task it was commanded and entrusted to perform, then its structure and procedures could be explained by the role they played and were designed to play in finding, spelling out and following to the letter the ‘most rational’ methods of fulfilling that task, that is, the ones that were the most efficient, the least costly, and the best suited to minimizing the risk of error – and to neutralizing or downright eliminating any other, heterogeneous and heteronomic interests, motives and loyalties of its officers that might compete and interfere with that role.
Collateral Damage: Social Inequalities in a Global Age by Zygmunt Bauman