Introduction Category Explained:
Improved efficiency ruins everything.
What we value most is inefficient, like love, art, learning, spirituality, humor, democracy, dialog and justice.
Efficiency turns these into mere sex, cheating, destruction, prejudice, consecration, tyranny, war, martyrdom, corruption and lawlessness. They all provide greater benefit with less input.
I have chosen articles for this section from writers who agree with me, such as:
“Scratch below the surface of the term, “efficiency,” and it turns out to be a very murky, ambiguous idea that is thrown about with such reckless abandon that it can mean virtually anything anyone wants it to mean; getting more work done; cost-cutting; rooting out waste; cost-effectiveness; a favorable ratio of benefits to costs; output productivity; distribution and even rationing; and perhaps more. This not what science and rationality are made of.”