We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I'm very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there.
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. FRANZ KAFKA, attributed, The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. HONORE DE BALZAC, attributed, The Harper Book of Quotations
Some third person decides your fate: this is the whole essence of bureaucracy. KOLLONTAI ALEXANDRA, La Oposición Obrera
Bureaucracies force us to practice nonsense. And if you rehearse nonsense, you may one day find yourself the victim of it. LAURENCE GONZALES, Everyday Survival
Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status. LAURENCE J. PETER, Peter Prescription
Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers' enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others. Simone Weil
Don't overlook, Mancur Olsen, Eric Hoffa, or Edward T Hall, the pioneer who wrote “Beyond Culture”.
Edward T. Hall on Bureaucracy: “no soul, no memory, and no conscience….” “By their very nature bureaucracies have no conscience, no memory and no mind. They are self-serving, amoral and live forever. What could be more irrational? Changing them is almost impossible, because they function according to their own rules and bow to no man, not even the President of the United States. Custom, human frailties, and the will to power keep our bureaucracies going. … Paradoxically, most bureaucracies are staffed largely with conscientious, committed people who are trying to do the right thing, but they are powerless (or feel powerless) to change things. None of which would be so serious if it weren’t that these are the very institutions on which we depend to solve all our major problems. Some answer must be found to bureaucracy.”
“Bureaucratic and institutional irrationality occur because, of all man’s institutions, bureaucracy in all cultures has a tremendous potential to be counterproductive. This drive toward inefficiency may be a direct consequence of blind adherence to procedure, but it also stems from bureaucratic needs for self-preservation and a vulnerability to pressure groups. The combination is unbeatable.”
“Bureaucracy on the life-destroying scale described by Edward T. Hall is an industrial era phenomenon. Only a bureaucracy can turn ordinary, decent people into participants in gigantic atrocities that go on and on, and absolve the people who operate the government machine from personal responsibility for the consequences.