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When is a Novel not a Novel: When It is Used to Teach Political Science
Unformatted Document Text:  Naturally, as would be the case in a Weberian bureaucracy, the test results were public record. “Everyone’s IQ, as measured by the National Standard General Classification Test, was on public record in Ilium, at the police station” (77). Reflecting on his years in the Army, Private Hacketts noted just how public the public records were: “[H]e knew what his I.Q. was and everybody else did too and especially the machines so that was that for twenty-three more years” [emphasis added] (58). In order to take the concept of a public office to levels of absurdity, Vonnegut takes the reader to the schoolyard (albeit on television). Here we find the typical bully making a decidedly atypical taunt: Your I.Q.s only 59 and your dad’s I.Q is only 53. Nana nana nayah! Jimmy comes home crying and his mother calmly says, “‘Now, now - that’s just child’s talk.’ ‘Don’t you pay it no mind’.” However, Jimmy knows the truth.“‘But it’s true,’ said the boy brokenly. ‘Ma, it’s true. I went down to the police station and looked it up! Fifty-nine, Ma! And poor Pop with a 53.’ He turned his back, and his voice was a bitter whisper: ‘And you with a 47, Ma. A 47’” (225). Of all of the bureaucratic characteristics that emerged at the Meadows, loyalty is the most prominent. It is in the anthem of the Blue Team and the Sky Manager’s star (121, 188). Most importantly, loyalty is personified by Kroner. Displaying the charisma, discussed above, that can arise in Weber’s bureaucracy, Kroner had what Vonnegut labeled the “corporate personality.” His own depth of loyalty to the system was used as a measure of others’ loyalty. When Paul expresses doubt, Kroner says “So you’re against us.” When discussing Dr. Fred Garth, Kroner asserts that “there’s never been any question that he was one of us” (113, 112). Whereas we sometimes have a tendency to measure bureaucratic loyalty in terms of personal relationships, in each instance, the “us”

Authors: Connor, George.
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Naturally, as would be the case in a Weberian bureaucracy, the test results were
public record. “Everyone’s IQ, as measured by the National Standard General
Classification Test, was on public record in Ilium, at the police station” (77). Reflecting
on his years in the Army, Private Hacketts noted just how public the public records were:
“[H]e knew what his I.Q. was and everybody else did too and especially the machines so
that was that for twenty-three more years” [emphasis added] (58). In order to take the
concept of a public office to levels of absurdity, Vonnegut takes the reader to the
schoolyard (albeit on television). Here we find the typical bully making a decidedly
atypical taunt: Your I.Q.s only 59 and your dad’s I.Q is only 53. Nana nana nayah!
Jimmy comes home crying and his mother calmly says, “‘Now, now - that’s just child’s
talk.’ ‘Don’t you pay it no mind’.” However, Jimmy knows the truth.“‘But it’s true,’
said the boy brokenly. ‘Ma, it’s true. I went down to the police station and looked it up!
Fifty-nine, Ma! And poor Pop with a 53.’ He turned his back, and his voice was a bitter
whisper: ‘And you with a 47, Ma. A 47’” (225).
Of all of the bureaucratic characteristics that emerged at the Meadows, loyalty is
the most prominent. It is in the anthem of the Blue Team and the Sky Manager’s star
(121, 188). Most importantly, loyalty is personified by Kroner. Displaying the charisma,
discussed above, that can arise in Weber’s bureaucracy, Kroner had what Vonnegut
labeled the “corporate personality.” His own depth of loyalty to the system was used as a
measure of others’ loyalty. When Paul expresses doubt, Kroner says “So you’re against
us.” When discussing Dr. Fred Garth, Kroner asserts that “there’s never been any
question that he was one of us” (113, 112). Whereas we sometimes have a tendency to
measure bureaucratic loyalty in terms of personal relationships, in each instance, the “us”


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