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A bureaucrat differs from a nonbureaucrat precisely because he is working in a field in which it is impossible to appraise the result of a mans effort in terms of money. Bureaucracy p. 53 Bureaucracy
At the bottom of all this fanatical advocacy of planning and socialism there is often nothing else than the intimate consciousness of ones own inferiority and inefficiency. Bureaucracy p. 92 Social Planning
Bureaucratic management is management of affairs which cannot be checked by economic calculation. Bureaucracy p. 48 Bureaucracy
Capitalism means free enterprise, sovereignty of the consumers in economic matters, and sovereignty of the voters in political matters. Socialism means full government control of every sphere of the individuals life and the unrestricted supremacy of the government in its capacity as central board of production management. Bureaucracy p. 10 Capitalism vs. Socialism
Democracy is not a good that people can enjoy without trouble. It is, on the contrary, a treasure that must be daily defended and conquered anew by strenuous effort. Bureaucracy p. 121 Democracy
Economic calculation makes it possible for business to adjust production to the demands of the consumers. Bureaucracy p. 28 Economic Calculation
Economic interventionism is a self-defeating policy. The individual measures that it applies do not achieve the results sought. Bureaucracy p. 119 Interventionism
Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. . . . The mark of the creative mind is that it defies a part of what it has learned or, at least, adds something new to it. Bureaucracy p. 71 Education
European totalitarianism is an upshot of bureaucracy's preeminence in the field of education. The universities paved the way for the dictators. Bureaucracy p. 87 Education
Every dictator plans to rear, raise, feed, and train his fellow men as the breeder does his cattle. His aim is not to make the people happy but to bring them into a condition which renders him, the dictator, happy. He wants to domesticate them, to give them cattle status. The cattle breeder also is a benevolent despot. Bureaucracy p. 91 Dictatorship
He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them. Bureaucracy p. 92 Political Parties
How fine the world would be if the State were free to cure all ills! It is one step only from such a mentality to the perfect totalitarianism of Stalin and Hitler. Bureaucracy pp. 75-76 State
In all countries with a settled bureaucracy people used to say: The cabinets come and go, but the bureaus remain. Bureaucracy p. 55 Bureaucracy
In public administration there is no connection between revenue and expenditure. Bureaucracy p. 47 Deficits
In the bureaucratic machine of socialism the way toward promotion is not achievement but the favor of the superiors. Bureaucracy p. 100 Socialism
In the long run the worker can never get more than the consumer allows. Bureaucracy p. 37 Wage Rates
Inflation and credit expansion, the preferred methods of present day government openhandedness, do not add anything to the amount of resources available. They make some people more prosperous, but only to the extent that they make others poorer. Bureaucracy p. 84 Inflation
It has always been the task of the new generation to provoke changes. Bureaucracy p. 95 Youth
It holds the individual in tight rein from the womb to the tomb. Bureaucracy p. 17 Tyranny
It is evident that youth is the first victim of the trend toward bureaucratization. The young men are deprived of any opportunity to shape their own fate. Bureaucracy p. 97 Youth
It is not in the power of the government to make everybody more prosperous. Bureaucracy p. 84 Farm Programs
It is the subordination of every individuals whole life, work, and leisure, to the orders of those in power and office. It is the reduction of man to a cog in an all-embracing machine of compulsion and coercion. It forces the individual to renounce any activity of which the government does not approve. It tolerates no expression of dissent. It is the transformation of society into a strictly disciplined labor-army. Bureaucracy p. 17 Tyranny
Louis XIV was very frank and sincere when he said: I am the State. The modern etatist is modest. He says: I am the servant of the State; but, he implies, the State is God. Bureaucracy pp. 74-75 State
Most of the tyrants, despots, and dictators are sincerely convinced that their rule is beneficial for the people, that theirs is government for the people. Bureaucracy p. 43 Dictatorship
Most people joined the staff of the government offices because the salary and the pension offered were higher than what they could expect to earn in other occupations. They did not renounce anything in serving the government. Civil service was for them the most profitable job they could find. Bureaucracy p. 79 Civil Service
No private enterprise will ever fall prey to bureaucratic methods of management if it is operated with the sole aim of making profit. Bureaucracy p. 64 Bureaucracy
Nobody can be at the same time a correct bureaucrat and an innovator. Bureaucracy p. 67 Bureaucracy
Profit is the reward for the best fulfillment of some voluntarily assumed duties. It is the instrument that makes the masses supreme. Bureaucracy p. 88 Profit and Loss
Progress of any kind is always at variance with the old and established ideas and therefore with the codes inspired by them. Every step of progress is a change involving heavy risks. Bureaucracy p. 67 Bureaucracy
Representative democracy cannot subsist if a great part of the voters are on the government pay roll. If the members of parliament no longer consider themselves mandatories of the taxpayers but deputies of those receiving salaries, wages, subsidies, doles, and other benefits from the treasury, democracy is done for. Bureaucracy p. 81 Civil Service
The actual world is a world of permanent change. Population figures, tastes, and wants, the supply of factors of production and technological methods are in a ceaseless flux. In such a state of affairs there is need for a continuous adjustment of production to the change in conditions. Bureaucracy p. 28 Production
The alternative to the rule of law is the rule of despots. Bureaucracy p. 76 Rule of Law
The bureaucrat is not free to aim at improvement. He is bound to obey rules and regulations established by a superior body. He has no right to embark upon innovations if his superiors do not approve of them. His duty and his virtue is to be obedient. Bureaucracy p. 66 Bureaucracy
The capitalist system of production is an economic democracy in which every penny gives a right to vote. The consumers are the sovereign people. The capitalists, the entrepreneurs, and the farmers are the peoples mandatories. Bureaucracy pp. 21-22 Capitalism
The conduct of military affairs is characterized by a stubborn hostility to every attempt toward improvement. Bureaucracy p. 67 Military
The consumers are merciless. They never buy in order to benefit a less efficient producer and to protect him against the consequences of his failure to manage better. They want to be served as well as possible. And the working of the capitalist system forces the entrepreneur to obey the orders issued by the consumers. Bureaucracy p. 37 Consumer
The elaborate methods of modern bookkeeping, accountancy, and business statistics provide the enterpriser with a faithful image of all his operations. He is in a position to learn how successful or unsuccessful every one of his transactions was. Bureaucracy p. 32 Economic Calculation
The first virtue of an administrator is to abide by the codes and decrees. Bureaucracy p. 41 Bureaucracy
The government pretends to be endowed with the mystical power to accord favors out of an inexhaustible horn of plenty. It is both omniscient and omnipotent. It can by a magic wand create happiness and abundance. Bureaucracy p. 84 Government
The police officer and the fireman have no better claim to the publics gratitude than the doctors, the railroad engineers, the welders, the sailors, or the manufacturers of any useful commodity. The traffic cop has no more cause for conceit than the manufacturer of traffic lights. Bureaucracy p. 77 Police Power
The real bosses, in the capitalist system of market economy, are the consumers. Bureaucracy pp. 20-21 Consumer
The State is the only institution entitled to apply coercion and compulsion and to inflict harm upon individuals. This tremendous power cannot be abandoned to the discretion of some men, however competent and clever they may deem themselves. It is necessary to restrict its application. This is the task of the laws. Bureaucracy p. 76 Rule of Law
The trend toward bureaucratic rigidity is not inherent in the evolution of business. It is an outcome of government meddling with business. Bureaucracy p. 12 Bureaucracy
The two pillars of democratic government are the primacy of the law and the budget. Bureaucracy p. 41 Deficits
The ultimate basis of an all around bureaucratic system is violence. Bureaucracy p. 104 Bureaucracy
The worst law is better than bureaucratic tyranny. Bureaucracy p. 76 Bureaucracy
There are no such things as absolute values, independent of the subjective preferences of erring men. Judgments of values are the outcome of human arbitrariness. They reflect all the shortcomings and weaknesses of their authors. Bureaucracy p. 26 Value
There is but one way toward an increase of real wage rates for all those eager to earn wages: the progressive accumulation of new capital and the improvement of technical methods of production which the new capital brings about. The true interests of labor coincide with those of business. Bureaucracy p. 112 Wage Rates
Under an unhampered market economy the appraisal of each individuals effort is detached from any personal considerations and can therefore be free both from bias and dislike. The market passes judgment on the products, not on the producers. Bureaucracy p. 38 Prejudice
Under capitalism everybody is the architect of his own fortune. Bureaucracy p. 100 Class Mobility
Under the division of labor, the structure of society rests on the shoulders of all men and women. Bureaucracy pp. 77-78 Division of Labor
You do not increase the happiness of a man eager to attend a performance of Abie's Irish Rose by forcing him to attend a perfect performance of Hamlet instead. You may deride his poor taste. But he alone is supreme in matters of his own satisfaction. Bureaucracy pp. 90-91 Happiness