The Governable Person

Written by Jack Boulton

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We can see then than one ofrepparttar clearest ways of measuring efficiency isrepparttar 132251 audit: a systematic and controlled method of verifying externally that all systems within an organisation are operating inrepparttar 132252 most efficient manner. If they are not, then inefficient or financially overburdening elements can be identified and steps taken to correct this. The audit has many peculiarities, with its’ explosion overrepparttar 132253 years, we can see that asrepparttar 132254 extensiveness of these cultural processes increases, patterns of behaviour change with it. However, as Shore and Wright point out,repparttar 132255 audit is not a voluntary scheme. Therefore we are constructing an idea of an efficient, professional person using coercion (2000). Perhaps one ofrepparttar 132256 most damaging aspects of implementing an audit is its’ effect on trust. Although Douglas (1992) implies that bureaucratic systems are employed when, essentially, trust has broken down, Shore and Wright’s argument would suggest that their utilisation actually works to break down trust relationships even further. Therefore it seems that these imposed methods of checking and verification have consequences that are more far-reaching than simply keepingrepparttar 132257 accountant happy. Asrepparttar 132258 audit andrepparttar 132259 concepts behind it become commonplace, so cultures change, and new moral codes are created with it.


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Jack Boulton is the editor of Stimulus Respond, the E-Zine for Urban Anthropologists ( You may reproduce this article with permission (obtained by emailing and on the condition that the author is credited along with a link to Stimulus Respond.

ACLU is at it again

Written by Terry Dashner

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I think First Ammendment attorneys could be better utilized if they’d use their skills to defend free speech and freedom of religion forrepparttar US Armed Forces and their support forrepparttar 132249 Boy Scouts instead of trying to rescue America from their insidious evils of violatingrepparttar 132250 First Ammendment.

I thought to myself, certainly every American citizen knowsrepparttar 132251 story about America’s founding fathers of faith. I thought everyone knew aboutrepparttar 132252 first American Thanksgiving—Pilgrims giving thanks to GOD forrepparttar 132253 bounty ofrepparttar 132254 land. I thought everyone knew about George Washington petitioningrepparttar 132255 GOD of heaven for victory in battle. I thought everyone knew, as common knowledge, that these “religious forefathers” wererepparttar 132256 same ones who gave us our national heritage—in GOD we TRUST!

Maybe it's time to recommend thatrepparttar 132257 ACLU return to US history class 101. A revising of their revisionist history might do everyone some good, especially First Ammendment attorneys.

Terry Dashner (Sources cited are available)

I want to thank you for reading this religiously biased paper. I feel better now, andrepparttar 132258 sour taste in my mouth is improving—slowly.

May God blessrepparttar 132259 United States of America!

Senior Pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Broken Arrow, OK. (918-451-0270)

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