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The art of government is the organization of idolatry. The bureaucracy consists of functionaries; the aristocracy, of idols; the democracy, of idolaters. The populace cannot understand the bureaucracy: it can only worship the national idols.




George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish Nobel Laureate in Literature, Maxims for Revolutionists: Idolatry, 1903

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George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
  • Born: July 26, 1856
  • Died: November 2, 1950
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Dramatist

George Bernard Shaw, known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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