Weber's main concern was that bureaucracies could lose sight of their purpose and begin to act as a special interest group. In other words, they might exist for their own sake, rather than to meet some societal need. Weber was also concerned that the "idolization of bureaucracy" might stamp out individualism. Bureaucracy tended to expand, for the reasons cited above, and Weber expressed a wish that some countervailing force needed to be opposed to what he called "the parceling out of the soul." Modern concerns about bureaucracy tend to come from the opposite point of view. Weber thought that bureacracy was so ruthlessly efficient that it would become too powerful. Modern criticism of bureaucracy have tended to focus on the idea that bureaucracies are bloated, inefficient, and overly expensive.