The Shadow
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The Shadow

Rules, Bureaucracy, & Safetyism as the New Religion

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One of the chief emblems of Western modernity is the bureaucratic apparatus itself, in all its vast, clunky glory. One could even say that the inflation of bureaucracy is a rite of passage of empire decline. It is even a symbol of hubris, insofar as modern people become coolly confident in their abilities to solve social problems with top-down remediation.

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