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?

Feb 062018
 

At the beginning you go to the gulag for criticizing Stalin; toward the end for being first, when his name is mentioned, to stop applauding.

Jan 222018
 

A government not of men but of laws — written by men, interpreted by men, and enforced by men.

Dec 182017
 

The consolation prize for being out of power is unswerving commitment to timeless civic principles.

Nov 162017
 

There is no freedom to speak without the freedom to be silent.

Nov 152017
 

Authority depends on prestige, or failing that, police.

Nov 032017
 

It is rather late to mourn the dignity of office.

Oct 192017
 

Say what you like about our form of government, it beats democracy.