Inside the Incredibly Repellent Mind of a Bureaucrat

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Rod Peet, Jr, tells me he stumbled across this quote “some time ago and it really struck a nerve.” Yep, I can see that it would. Ready? We’re going deep into the dark side as one of Our Rulers extols her natural passion for totalitarianism:

“…Marthe Kent, OSHA’s director of safety standards program and head of the ergonomics effort, couldn’t be happier at her job. ‘I like having a very direct and very powerful impact on worker safety and health,’ she recently told The Synergist, a newsletter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. ‘If you put out a reg, it matters. I think that’s really where the thrill comes from. And it is a thrill; it’s a high.’  Later in the article, she adds, ‘I love it; I absolutely love it. I was born to regulate. I don’t know why, but that’s very true. So as long as I’m regulating, I’m happy.’”

Cleanse your soul of Marthe’s filth with another quote. This one hails from a document that declared war on a king and his “Ministry,” as England’s bureaucratic regime was known in the 18th century: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government…”

Ah, rebellion. We were born to rebel. I don’t know why, but that’s very true. So long as we’re rebelling against dictators like Marthe, we’re happy.

7:46 pm on January 19, 2013