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?

Apr 032018
 

Successful pedagogy requires the right students; successful governance, the right populace.

Mar 282018
 

The cure for any political ideology is to be governed by it for a while.

Mar 092018
 

It is almost no time at all between not being permitted to dissent and not being permitted to abstain.

Feb 272018
 

Professing communism never saved a kulak, and professing Nazism never saved a Jew. Only the religious fanatics are that sporting.

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.