Graeber on Bureaucracy

A timid, bureaucratic spirit has come to suffuse every aspect of intellectual life. More often than not, it comes cloaked in a language of creativity, initiative, and entrepreneurialism. But the language is meaningless. The sort of thinkers most likely to come up with new conceptual breakthroughs are the least likely to receive funding, and if, somehow, breakthroughs nonetheless occur, they will almost certainly never find anyone willing to follow up on the most daring implications.

—David Graeber

Graeber, David. “Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit.” The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. 1st ed. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2015. 137. Kindle.

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