A crazy system is one that defeats the purpose it was set up to achieve:

  • When a system of income security discourages the poor from earning or saving money – this is craziness
  • When families can only get support when they have broken down – this is craziness
  • When children leave school feeling worthless – this is craziness
  • When people end up in hospital for lack of some modest support in the community – this is craziness

Often craziness is added in very subtle ways when we confuse the real goal with a false proxy: for instance we think the problem is to get people off benefits, instead of seeing the problem as one of poverty and poor incentives.

Perhaps craziness slips in when the appearance of achieving the goal becomes more important than actually achieving the goal – unfortunately this is the norm for party politics.