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Sunday, 16 June 2013


Mannie Sherberg
Joseph Heller -- who assured his place among the immortals when he gave us the phrase (and the book) "Catch-22" -- said "Bureaucracies are the anonymous 'they,' the enigmatic 'they,' who are in charge. Who is 'they'? I don't know. Nobody knows. Not even 'they' know." George Will's "scowling face of the state" is what you get when millions of anonymous "theys" are turned loose on the populace. Nobody knows which of these millions of anonymities is truly in charge -- or even what they're supposed to be in charge of. All we know for sure is that the "giant mechanism operated by pygmies" (Balzac's definition of bureaucracy) grinds on and on, grinding up human lives in the process. If Kafka were here, he'd probably smile wanly and say, "I told you so."

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