Monday, June 27, 2005

Burnham's Laws

Back almost 20 years ago, I used to have posted on my refrigerator an intriguing little list called "Burnham's Laws," brainchild of James Burnham:
  1. Everybody knows everything.
  2. Who says A must say B.
  3. Just as good, isn't.
  4. You cannot invest in retrospect.
  5. Wherever there is prohibition there's a bootlegger.
  6. In every project there's a Schlamm.
  7. You can't divorce yourself.
  8. Every member must pay his dues.
  9. No excuse, sir.
  10. If there's no alternative, there's no problem.
Burnham was a senior editor at National Review, and I hate to admit I'm old enough that I remember reading him— if I remember correctly, he was a Trotskyite-turned-conservative. His books The Managerial Revolution (1941) and The Suicide of the West (1964) are still worth a read. George Orwell based his threefold division of the world into Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia, in 1984, on Burnham's analysis in The Managerial Revolution.



Blogger brerrabbit said...

What is a "Schlamm"?

Saturday, May 07, 2011 2:32:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Burgess said...

Willi Schlamm was one of Burnham's colleagues at National Review.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:07:00 AM  

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