Sentence first — verdict afterwards — reasons last of all.
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?
Witch hunts work especially well among people who are too sophisticated to believe in witches.
It is always important, in evaluating a policy, to consider how many people you will have to kill to implement it.
Government, though it never depends on the consent of the governed, often depends on large numbers of the governed believing that it does.
For every hundred ringing declarations in favor of freedom of speech or the press there are none in favor of freedom of association.
Civilization depends on exclusion — what and whom to get rid of, what and whom not to let in in the first place.
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 tidied the administration of justice, making it a simple matter of determining who the bad people are.
Meritocracy replaces aristocracy with bureaucracy.