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Schumpeter on Civil Servants Drifting into "Bureau-Sadism"

(p. 435) . . . , the British civil service, which Schumpeter had admired ever since his youth in Vienna, had become enamored of their new role in economic planning, encouraged by the Labour government. Civil servants had drifted into "downright bureau-sadism" in their attitude toward business.


McCraw, Thomas K. Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 2007.

(Note: ellipsis added.)


I have heard that bureau-sadism is all the rage at the Gretna Planning Board meetings. The perverse pleasure the members derive from controlling the minute details of their neighbors' lives is absolutely scandalous.

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