The Anchoress argues that all that is going wrong is planned chaos, not mere incompetence.
Which gives me an excuse to link to a post I did in which I saw chaos as the means towards the end, creating the opportunity to achieve things otherwise not possible (see, Rahm Emanuel).
Quoting from Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book, about how it is necessary to know “exactly how to place the dynamite that will destroy the walls” of the capitalist system, I wrote “Steal This Country“:
There seems to be a deliberateness to the chaos, a purpose to the ever-increasing exclamation points, as in crisis (!), catastrophe (!!), act now or else (!!!), … we’re on the verge of (!!!!). An attempt to keep so many parts moving so quickly that by the time we realize what has happened, we will have an economic and political system based on punishing achievement in the name of fairness, redistributing goods and services in the name of equality, and above all, dependence on a government which controls everything by endlessly proclaiming that only it has good intentions.
And that was written on February 9, 2009.