April 15, 2006

Free from Freedom

BrothersJudd.com - Review of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements:
"Unless a man has the talents to make something of himself, freedom is an irksome burden...We join
a mass movement to escape from individual responsibility, or, in the words of an ardent young
Nazi, 'to be free from freedom.' It was not sheer hypocrisy when the rank-and-file Nazis declared
themselves not guilty of all the enormities they had committed. They considered themselves
cheated and maligned when made to shoulder responsibility for obeying orders. Had they not
joined the Nazi movement in order to be free from responsibility?"
Is this why Big Companies struggle with innovation, growth, and creativity? - because the survivors and ladder-climbers like the "freedom from reality" that a large bureaucracy provides.