Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

Theodore Dalrymple has made a compelling case that society’s approach to drug addiction is all wrong. But even if you disagree with his assessment, you gotta agree with mine — these are some damn fine quotable lines:

“Every problem in contemporary society calls forth its equal and supposedly opposite bureaucracy.”

“Where bureaucracies are concerned, nothing succeeds like failure.”

“Suffering increases to meet the means available for its alleviation.” (this one is attributed to Colin Brewer)

“The addict has a problem, but it is not a medical one: he does not know how to live. And on this subject the doctor has nothing, qua doctor, to offer.”

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3 responses to “Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

  1. “Where bureaucracies are concerned, nothing succeeds like failure”

    So true. They would cease to exist if they could actually solve a problem or two.

  2. Great examples of the doubletalk of bureaucrats!

  3. Hi all!

    Bye

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