Carnival of the Bureaucrats #1

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Carnival of the Bureaucrats! The best entry in this edition has been unanimously judged to be Foreign Policy’s photo essay, The State at Work. An appropriately selective quotation from its first page: Civil servants are asked to do the people’s work with very little, sometimes with nothing at … Continue reading Carnival of the Bureaucrats #1

Public Service Recognition Week

To celebrate Public Service Recognition Week (should’ve been a month), I watched Ikiru. In this film, Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat, notes three rules for bureaucratic success: Always be on time. Never take any vacation. Do no work. He also poignantly sings Life is brief Fall in love, maidens Before the crimson bloom Fades from … Continue reading Public Service Recognition Week