Mack Reynolds' "Expediter" (novelette, free): You see, the main problem of society is ... the politicians
There was an interview of Ratan Tata, published sometime back by Indian Express, following Niira Radia tapes & 2G scam expose. He said something to the effect: behind every illogical thing & apparent idiocy in government policy is someone making money; the idiocy is rarely unintentional. In this story, we have just plain unexplainable governmental idiocy & callousness, but I've a feeling the reality is a mix of just plain idiocy & Mr Tata's version.
Story summary.Rename USSR as UBSR, the United Balkan Soviet Republics. With pretty much the cold war setup of People's Dictatorship, though it's supposed to be set a 100 years or so in future. That's where the story is set.
Top Two men in the country have decided to create a position of the Expediter - a Mr fix-it who'll debottleneck all sorts of impediments (& more often, just plain idiocy) in society. They'll get more than they bargained for...
Fact sheet.First published: Analog, May 1963.
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Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Mack Reynolds.