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 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.

Oct 162017
 

Law is keeping order: justice is keeping score.

Oct 122017
 

To deify the state has a certain logic; for the state is compulsion and coercion, and these, too, are God’s usual means.

Sep 252017
 

Actual tyrannies require courage to oppose.

Sep 162017
 

If policy simply achieved its ends, a new outlet would have to be found for the ingenuity expended in its defense.

Sep 122017
 

What politicians say about science is as silly as what scientists say about politics.