O'Sullivan's Law

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Named after British journalist John O'Sullivan, O’Sullivan’s Law states that any organization or enterprise that is not expressly right wing will become left wing over time.

The mechanism is Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy:

...in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions....

...viewed from within a political context in which the "second type" described above are invariably leftists.

Leftism (more properly: socialism) is in and of itself a form of decay. It’s what happens not just to television shows but to nations, churches and universities as the energy given off by the big bang of their inception slowly ebbs away. Rather than expend vitality in originality and creation they become obsessed with introspection, popularity and lethargy. Leftism is entropy of the spirit and intellect. Its parasitic nature attracts it to existing money and power.

-- An enterprise can stave off O'Sullivan's Law only if its creators keep it in mind and remain vigilant and truthful.


"O'Sullivan's Law hit 24 when they finally had a Muslim villain then started running disclaimers that Muslims aren't all terrorists."
"The Annenberg Foundation was started by a Republican but it didn't take long before O'Sullivan's Law had them handing a domestic terrorist money for educating kids."
"By 2017, nearly the entirety of Marvel's comic book line-up has seen their superheros rebooted into whiny, badly-drawn SJWs who are not the original characters. You want Tony Stark as Iron Man? No comic book for you, even though he's the Iron Man in the movies they're still making."

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