There are some pithy observations here about Kafka's pithy observations as regards the ways of men and the world. Kafka knew the nightmare world of government and corporate bureaucracies because he spent most of his working life within a combination of both. He was a star lawyer for a quasi government/business entity comparable to a Workers' Insurance Company. He knew how their mills ground slowly and fully. However, he also was really on the side of the worker. Kafka is credited with inventing the safety helmet. And once, when he believed a defendant was justified in his case, he hired a lawyer better than he was so the case would go the defendant's way.
Franz Kafka - 1906
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Global Crisis: the Convergence of Marx, Orwell and Kafka
The global crisis is best understood as the convergence of the modern trends identified by Marx, Orwell and Kafka. Let's start with Franz Kafka, the writer (1883-1924) who most eloquently captured the systemic injustices of all powerful bureaucracies--the alienation experienced by the hapless citizen enmeshed in the bureaucratic web, petty officialdom's mindless persecutions of the innocent, and the intrinsic absurdity of the centralized State best expressed in this phrase: "We expect errors, not justice."
If this isn't the most insightful summary of the Eurozone debacle, then what is? A lawyer by training and practice, Kafka understood that the the more powerful and entrenched the bureaucracy, the greater the collateral damage rained on the innocent, and the more extreme the perversion of justice.
The entire global financial system is Kafkaesque: the bureaucracies of the Central State have two intertwined goals: protect the financial Elites from the consequences of their parasitic predation, and protect their own power and perquisites.