Concerning the politician and the bureaucracy
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Despite the description of the ideal bureaucrat—colorless, odorless, and tasteless—the politician must be on her guard around them, as they are privy to a lot of information about the politician which, if disclosed, can cause considerable damage. But the relationship between them need not, and in fact should not be hostile—just careful. Besides, bureaucrats, when respected by their political masters, can make the latter shine.