From Time Enough For Love:
“Even so, the problems of a planet with more than a billion people can keep a man busy, especially if his intention is to govern as little as possible – as that means he must keep a sharp eye out and his ear tuned for signs that subordinates are doing unnecessary governing. Half my time is used in the negative work of plucking such officius officials and ordering that they never again serve in any public capacity.
Then I usually abolish their job, and all jobs subordinate to them.
I have never noticed any harm from such pruning save that parasites whose jobs are eliminated must find some other way to avoid starvation. (They are welcome to starve – better if they do. But they don’t.)”
(via Duncan S., commentator at Samizdata)