Bureaucratic Society of Controlled Consumption

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The French Sociologist Henri Lefebvre's expression in his Everyday Life in the Modern World for the idea that the bureaucratic organization of modern industrial societies is in the end stultifying, manipulative, and totalitarian. Human needs - indeed, human existence - is defined by bureaucracy, not by the individual human being. These created "needs" are then met or answered by the same organized bureaucracy that created them. If you don't use the right soap, you stink - you're not a real person! Use it, like everyone else. Be human! - Henri Lefebvre, Everyday Life in the Modern World, Sacha Rabinovitch, translator (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1971).


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