Civilization depends on exclusion — what and whom to get rid of, what and whom not to let in in the first place.
In ’37 Stalin made a hash
Of party loyalists and army brass.
Decimation: One in ten are shot.
What’s the word when one in ten are not?
Where censorship does not exist, complaints about it are loud and frequent; where it is mild, they diminish; and where it is severe, they end.
There are no noble lies, but useful myths abound.
The discovery that only bad people do bad things has greatly simplified the administration of justice, making it a simple matter of determining who the bad people are.
Meritocracy replaces aristocracy with bureaucracy.
Many modern ills trace to the fateful decision to teach stupid people how to read.
When you destroy a large tribe you produce a lot of smaller ones.
The capitalists will sell the communists the rope with which they will jointly hang the remaining holdouts against our glorious corpo-progressive future.
It has always conferred status to consume tax revenue, and opprobrium to produce it.
Everyone is in favor of upward social mobility; the other direction is more controversial.