Why There is a Civic and Moral Duty to Oppose Tyrannical Bureaucracies

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Barry Brownstein

“The searing Russian novel Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman is one of the greatest examinations of totalitarianism ever written. Based on his experiences under Stalin, Grossman depicts how humanity withers under tyranny. Grossman’s book is not a dystopian novel, yet few books better teach how force is used to control a population by not only restricting liberty but also exploiting weaknesses in human nature. … Grossman has one colonel deliver the punchline: ‘What’s really terrifying is when you realize that bureaucracy isn’t simply a growth on the body of the State. If it were only that, it could be cut off. No, bureaucracy is the very essence of the State.’ The forces making bureaucracy arbitrary, capricious, and impervious to reason — ‘”the very essence of the State’ — are the same in America as they were in Grossman’s Soviet Union.” (11/21/21)