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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Vannevar Bush (1890–1974)
QUOTATION: We cannot meet it [the threat of dictatorship] if we turn this country into a wishy-washy imitation of totalitarianism, where every man’s hand is out for pabulum and virile creativeness has given place to the patronizing favor of swollen bureaucracy.
ATTRIBUTION: VANNEVAR BUSH, speech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 5, 1949, as reported by The New York Times, December 6, 1949, p. 12.

Bush was president of the Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C.
SUBJECTS: Government