Iron law of institutions
|It doesn't stop at the water's edge:|
|Random strands and actors|
“”The people who control institutions care first and foremost about their power within the institution rather than the power of the institution itself. Thus, they would rather the institution "fail" while they remain in power within the institution than for the institution to "succeed" if that requires them to lose power within the institution.
John Milton said much the same (through his character, Lucifer):
 See also
- The West Wing episode "Shutdown" depicts the scenario quite well.