Every half-wit can use a whip and force other people to obey. But it requires brains and diligence to serve the public. Only a few people succeed in producing shoes better and cheaper than their competitors. The inefficient expert will always aim at bureaucratic supremacy. He is fully aware of the fact that he cannot succeed within a competitive system. For him all-round bureaucratization is a refuge. Equipped with the power of an office, he will enforce his rulings with the aid of the police.
At the bottom of all this fanatical advocacy of planning
and socialism there is often nothing else than the intimate
consciousness of one’s own inferiority and inefficiency. The
man who is aware of his inability to stand competition scorns
“this mad competitive system.” He who is unfit to serve
his fellow citizens wants to rule them.
Bureaucracy, pp. 91-92, Ludwig von Mises