From: WOID #XIII-39. War comes home (II): The Evil of Banality 

In The Rabbit Race, Martin Walser's brilliant play about the symbiosis of fascism and bureaucracy, an SS officer questions another German straight out of the concentration camp. What do people talk about there? Food, he answers, they talk about food. You see says the SS, while we Germans discuss Goethe and Wagner these people think only about themselves.

You want blame game, I'll give you the real blame game, it's the game of blaming the people of New Orleans for the systematized squalor and humiliation they've been exposed to this past week. I say systematized because it's not an effect, it's a tool. It's how the system works; it's how it justifies itself. 

Years before the Final Solution, Nazi propaganda reels were made that superimposed shots of shtetl Jews with shots of scurrying rats: piles of animals crowded in the darkness and filth. The crowding and poverty of the shtetlech were painted as the result of Jewish attitudes, not their cause. This is pretty much how Martin Scorcese portrayed the Lower East Side in his movie 'Mean Streets," at a time when he worked for New York University. NYU eventually turned into the major gentrifier of this same area, saving a neighborhood from the same nightmare it had paid to invent.

There's a tremendous side-benefit to the bureaucracy's incompetence, malice and neglect: the more destructive the bureaucracy the more its victims can be described as deserving what they get, and the more the bureaucracy rewards itself for its own actions. Asking why the people of New Orleans suffered ten days of hell is like asking why the people of Cincinnati waited hours in the cold and rain to vote last November. In either case the answer is: because it served a purpose. FEMA director Michael "Brownie" Brown was just an interchangeable part in the System of Bush Hell. Sure, his highest level of accomplishment was the investigation of liposuction on the rear ends of horses, but sucking out a horse's ass is the full-time occupation of most Republicans anyhow.

Lenin says somewhere that after the Revolution dealing with the Government will be as simple as dealing with the Postal Service – which has turned out to be true, though not in the sense Lenin intended. The State Apparatus (I mean the administrators, courts, the CEOS, a couple of college presidents I could name, etc.) appear suddenly as reflections of "this appalling parasitic growth, which enmeshes the body of [...] society like a net and chokes all its pores." The quote is Marx, after Napoleon, Jr. had installed himself as Prince-President, in Marx thought at the time of the Coup (the one in 1851, I mean) that the actions of the Prince-President (the one in 1851) would clarify the struggle; for instance, that it would no longer be possible to 'pitch in" without asking if your donation for flood relief was going to Pat Robertson or the NAACP. After 1851 the struggle shifted to all levels of society: the workplace, the classroom, the biennial Salon of Painting and Sculpture. The same most likely is about to happen here, now.

Q: What do you get when you cross a psycho with an elephant?

A: A sycophant.