The good of the nation

‘…I am going to steal this book from here because this is an institution, and tomorrow you and I will go to any office and say that we are workers and peasants. You and I will sit down in some administrative office and start thinking for the good of the nation.’

‘We are members of the working class,’ Peter said to the highest official. ‘We have an accumulation of brains, give us power over the oppressive bureaucratic bastards.’
Andrei Platonov’s Makar the Doubful

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