The Nation: Forbidden Mountains

The federal bureaucracy has just finished saluting the industry that keeps it in business. President Nixon proclaimed last week the first National Microfilm Week in honor of the process that has made possible a vast accumulation of records for Social Security and more arcane institutions. It was an appropriate recognition, since the Federal Government is the nation's most prodigious user of microfilm. Rivaling the marble palaces of Washington, D.C., mountains of microfilm have been tirelessly assembled by diligent bureaucrats, who build with a blind devotion worthy of the men who once erected the Pyramids. Unfortunately, the monumental results of their labors...

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