Ruling

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?

Nov 022018
 

State terror denotes resistance: eventually it can be dispensed with.

Nov 012018
 

The rulers, the ruled, and the theoreticians of rule alike always interest themselves more in who shall rule than how.

Oct 302018
 

Orthodoxy’s palace guard paints and probably sees itself as an embattled and powerless minority, defending unpopular truths without fear or favor.

Oct 182018
 

There are always things you can’t say. Repression is measured by how many obviously true things you can’t say.

Oct 162018
 

Fascism is often confused with a shave, haircut, and shoeshine.

Oct 082018
 

“Kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out” would be a fine description of communism except that it is atheistic, and thus the dead go unsorted.

Sep 202018
 

Modern democracy has nearly perfected itself; that the people can still occasionally make their wishes known remains its one flaw.