The second chapter of Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Bureaucrat is Silenced Voice of the Bureaucrat. The second way of looking a a bureaucrat is to see a subtle mind that has been gagged, and who, if that code of silence were released may have something interesting to say. In this chapter I have essays on how speech codes or free speech restrictions impacted me and other public servants. I also write of my long oscillation between writing on governing and wanting to renounce political life. These essays stretch back to 2010, and include essays on Havel, Machiavelli, Leo Strauss and the Chinese and Japanese traditions of letting go of the political world.