Diary: Sistema

"...It was the system in miniature – the strange intermeshing of corruption and scrupulousness (you did have to go through the motions of the test), the role of officialdom as both obstructor and enabler, the co-option and the simulation."

The "rational" basis for this game is a very bizarre calculus. I'm astounded by how much work people will put into appearing to be on the up-and-up.