2. Will the World Marshall Plan not produce an enormous bureaucracy?

The bureaucracy of the World Marshall Plan is small in comparison to that used in existing government services.

Let us take the Netherlands as an example, because it was here the Plan was developed. In the Netherlands, when the Service for Post, Telegraph and Telephone were still a governmental institution, it employed 100,000 civil servants. The World Marshall Plan would require only 30,000 to cover the whole of the Netherlands.

The World Marshall Plan has the advantage that it is set up in our present telecommunications era and can therefore automate much of its work from the start.

In those versions of communism which were criticized for their large bureaucracies, there was an effort to achieve full employment, even if this meant overemployment. In this World Marshall Plan, each pair of development workers has the mandate to counsel 1000 people and to participate in small group meetings. This provides each with a full – time activity, as follows:

Let us assume that a country has approximately 400 households per 1000 people and that the 2 UN development workers are able to visit 4 families or single persons a day, each once a year. Each development worker would then spend 100 of their 240 working days (in the typical Dutch working year) for other tasks: attending small group discussion meetings, extra counseling, and so on.

In the Netherlands , this would mean an increase of 30,000 jobs, very similar to those performed by post office employees, of which there are 100,000 in the Netherlands alone. More than three times the amount!