How routine kills our Government

The disease which afflicts bureaucratic governments, and which they usually die of, is routine. They perish by the immutability of their maxims; and, still more, by the universal law that whatever becomes a routine loses its vital principle, and having no longer a mind acting within it, goes on revolving mechanically though the work it is intended to do remains undone.

When the bureaucracy is the real government, the spirit of the corps (as with the Jesuits) bears down the individuality of its more distinguished members.

In the profession of government, as in other professions, the sole idea of the majority is to do what they have been taught; and it requires a popular [democratic] government to enable the conceptions of the man of original genius among them to prevail over the obstructive spirit of trained mediocrity.