It is as if the modern state has a split identity. There is a part that is seen on the High Street, or wherever it meets real need, and another part that acts like a parasite sucking the life blood of that real activity by transforming its surpluses into rent for a few.
What bureaucracies (and others) show is that this parasitical operation can function for a while. And then it kills the host.
That process of death by rent extraction does not happen overnight, but I suspect the outcome is inevitable. If so, no wonder the current form of statism – which I rightly called ‘feral’ – is dying.