Bureaucratic Survival

The time-worn bureaucratic game of committing arson to play fireman…

Systems do not justify themselves; systems defend themselves, as Solzhenitsyn [Солженицын] noted in The Gulag Archipelago:

Чем больше миновало бесписьменных лет, тем труднее собрать рассеянные
свидетельства уцелевших. А они говорят нам, что создание дутых дел началось
еще в ранние годы органов, — чтоб ощутима была их постоянная спасительная
незаменимая деятельность, а то ведь со спадом врагов в час недобрый не
пришлось бы Органам отмирать.

The more time that passes without anything being written about all this, the harder it becomes to assemble the scattered testimony of the survivors. But they tell us that the creation of fabricated cases began back in the early years of the Organs so their constant salutary activity might be perceived as essential. Otherwise, what with a decline in the number of enemies, the Organs might, in a bad hour, have been forced to wither away. [95]

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