Here's an interesting specific (and extreme) example of an administration body which becomes sociopathic by losing sight of its purpose. It is a institutional disorder which seems to be endemic across corporate entities. It's most serious in state bodies, because of they're gifted with state coercion powers.
Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,-The Second Coming, WB YeatsYeats could have been channelling the spirit of the modern political campaign manager. For nearly twenty years political parties and candidates have been successful in imposing previously undreamed controls on campaigns.
UPDATE: See the bottom of this article for an update on an effort to bring KildareStreet. com back to life. - 18th October 2012Today was the first day back at school for the Houses of the Oireachtas.
I recently found myself rummaging in the online records of the National Digital Research centre. This body is a workplace neighbour of mine, and describes itself like so; NDRC is an independent enterprise dedicated to accelerating research from idea to income. Which description left me nearly none the wiser.
Denis O'Brien has an opinion piece in today's Irish Times defending himself (and by extension his journalists) against the charge that he "despises" journalism. He cites, as evidence of his support for quality journalism, the fact that he has spent €20m on Newstalk radio.