How many species of (overwhelmingly male) power are exercised in one way or another by inflicting (not merely accepting) suffering on other people? Actual examples.
Follow-on: When I was in the army, we had a strange practice of going to the rifle ranges at the end of each fiscal quarter to shoot up all the remaining ammunition inventories. Not to train with it, or husband it as an expensive and important material (setting aside moral questions for the moment). We went out and had a supervised rifle-range free-for-all where we had rare permission to really let loose with automatic fire in training. The object was to waste the ammunition. That was the goal. Because if you had remaining inventories at the end of the quarter, that was read by the institutional feedback loops as you had more than you needed, therefore you will receive less the next quarter, and the next.
Understand, the exigencies of training calendars did not easily accommodate marksmanship and live-fire exercises to the quarters in the fiscal cycle. You might not need a lot of ammunition this quarter, but the next quarter may require a great deal in a few days. Nonetheless, the entire system was thrown out of whack if you didn’t consume ammo at a very regularized rate. The rate of consumption trumped the details of actual need. So the whole army had these quarterly ammo expenditure free-for-alls because we had to waste money to maintain access to more money.
I submit this as one actual example of dog-waggery – that institutional deformity that gets a lot of play here. May I solicit others for real-world examples of an institutional tail wagging a practical dog?