The construction of the modern State is intimately tied to the emergence of bureaucracy, a structure that guarantees the functioning of the public sphere under the principles of impersonality. This is what this Brechtian operetta is about. In its skits, duly uniformed executioners, hiding behind computers, telephones, record files, and counters, go about disgracing an endless number of outcasts, refugees, torture victims and immigrants, people who find no solace in the architecture of power in place in modern times.