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bureaucracy
used in Atlas Shrugged

17 uses
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Definition
nonelective government officials; or: an excessively complicated administrative system
  • Did you read about the scabby little bureaucrat who wanted them to sue me?
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (91% in)
  • But this would necessitate our letting a lot of lousy bureaucrats"-Dr. Ferris smiled with disarming frankness-"oh yes, we are as unpopular with one another as we are with you private citizens-it would necessitate our letting a lot of other bureaucrats in on the secret of Project X, which would be highly undesirable at this time.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (27% in)
  • But this would necessitate our letting a lot of lousy bureaucrats"-Dr. Ferris smiled with disarming frankness-"oh yes, we are as unpopular with one another as we are with you private citizens-it would necessitate our letting a lot of other bureaucrats in on the secret of Project X, which would be highly undesirable at this time.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (28% in)
  • Therefore, the only practical thing for you to do is to help us keep our secret and get us to help you keep yours-and, as I'm sure you realize, we are fully able to keep any of the bureaucrats safely off your trail for as long as we wish," "What event, what secret and what trail?"
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (28% in)
  • She was a movie actress who had forced her way from competent featured player to incompetent star, not by means of sleeping with studio executives, but by taking the long-distance short cut of sleeping with bureaucrats.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (47% in)
  • After all, it doesn't make any difference to the poor whether their livelihood is at the mercy of an industrialist or of a bureaucrat.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (52% in)
  • It was everyone and no one, there was no single enemy, no center and no villain, it was not the simpering social worker incapable of earning a penny or the thieving bureaucrat scared of his own shadow, it was the whole of the earth rolling into an obscenity of horror, pushed by the hand of every would-be decent man who believed that need is holier than ability, and pity is holier than justice.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (58% in)
  • She felt suddenly certain that it came from something deeper than his fear of bureaucratic reprisal, that the reprisal was the only identification of it which he would permit himself to know, a reassuring identification which had a semblance of rationality and hid his true motive.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (62% in)
  • "It was I," said Lillian softly, "who informed the bureaucrats about my husband's adultery."
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (70% in)
  • I'm not paid by the bureaucrats for doing this-I am doing it without gain.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (71% in)
  • ...years, the goal of all the slipshod definitions, the sloppy generalities, the soupy abstractions, all claiming that obedience to objective reality is the same as obedience to the State, that there is no difference between a law of nature and a bureaucrat's directive, that a hungry man is not free, that man must be released from the tyranny of food, shelter and clothing-all of it, for years, that the day might come when Nat Taggart, the realist, would be asked to consider the will of...
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (15% in)
  • And yet-he thought —through all the generations of political extortion, it was not the looting bureaucrats who had taken the blame, but the chained industrialists, not the men who peddled legal favors, but the men who were forced to buy them; and through all those generations of crusades against corruption, the remedy had always been, not the liberating of the victims, but the granting of wider powers for extortion to the extortionists.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (45% in)
  • Next day, on November 1, he received a telephone call from Washington, from a bureaucrat whose voice seemed to come sliding down the wire on its knees in protestations of apology.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (5% in)
  • The desire was not directed at the unknown thug who had sent a bullet through the boy's body, or at the looting bureaucrats who had hired the thug to do it, but at the boy's teachers who had delivered him, disarmed, to the thug's gun-at the soft, safe assassins of college classrooms who, incompetent to answer the queries of a quest for reason, took pleasure in crippling the young minds entrusted to their care.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (86% in)
  • The bureaucrats know best!
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (88% in)
  • They tell you that they possess a means of knowledge higher than the mind, a mode of consciousness superior to reason-like a special pull with some bureaucrat of the universe who gives them secret tips withheld from others.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (49% in)
  • Now you have placed modern industry, with its immense complexity of scientific precision, back into the power of unknowable demons-the unpredictable power of the arbitrary whims of hidden, ugly little bureaucrats.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (91% in)

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