Quote by V. S. Pritchett
The State, that craving rookery of committees and subcommittees.
This quote criticizes the concept of the State, referring to it as a breeding ground for various committees and subcommittees. It suggests that the State is characterized by an insatiable desire for bureaucratic structures, which can be seen as burdensome and inefficient. The use of the metaphor "craving rookery" implies that the State often prioritizes its own expansion and self-interest over the needs and concerns of the people it governs. Overall, this quote reflects a negative view of the State's bureaucratic tendencies and the potential consequences that may arise from it.
When we were told that by freedom we understood free enterprise, we did very little to dispel this monstrous falsehood. Wealth and economic well-being, we have asserted, are the fruits of freedom, while we should have been the first to know that this kind of happiness has been an unmixed blessing only in this country, and it is a minor blessing compared with the truly political freedoms, such as freedom of speech and thought, of assembly and association, even under the best conditions.
We're as clever as we think we are, but we'll be a lot cleverer when we learn to use not just one brain but to pool huge numbers of brains. We're at a level technologically where we can share information and think collectively about our problems. We do it in science all the time - there's no reason why we can't do it in other endeavors.