The Kafka Index

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France is campaigning to cut government red tape by using the name of writer Franz Kafka, who gave rise to the term Kafkaesque because of his portrayal of absurd, surreal and often frightening bureaucracies. The government has introduced what officials call a "Kafka" scale of one to 100 on how many forms, letters, phone calls and other steps are needed for companies and individuals to win state permits or aid for a project.

Classic. No doubt inspired by the fate of Joseph K. in The Trail. The WB of course publishes its own 'Kafka Index'. (Ht to Tim Worstall)

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