The illusion of progress …

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“We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized.  Presumably the plans for our employment were being changed.  I was to learn later in life that, perhaps we are so good at organizing, we tend as a nation to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.”

Charles Ogburn on his time as one of Merrill’s Marauders during World War Two

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