Parkinson's War

C. Northcote Parkinson has a lot to say about the war on terror, even though he died in 1993. And not simply because he predicted (in East and West, published in 1962) that the great conflict of the third millennium would involve a battle between the West and revived Eastern world. Parkinson was a British academic who taught for many years in the Far East. He came into his own in later life as a writer specializing in history, the social sciences, and for fun, sea stories in the Hornblower vein. At one time a household word, Parkinson been overlooked in recent years  Parkinson was best known for his social critiques, often disguised as humor, and usually dealing with bureaucracy and administration. His major contribution came in the form of Parkinson's Law:   Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. This is not as obscure as it sounds. Simply put, it's an explanation why bureaucracies accomplish less as they grow larger. As far back as the...(Read Full Article)

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