In order that our boys shall not have died in vain, a great many of our boys die in vain.
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?
Leader, n. The champion follower.
Elite political opinion is influential because it is believed to be. When the belief disappears, so does the influence.
Crime committed on a large enough scale ceases to be criminal. It becomes business as usual, or Realpolitik, or statesmanship.
Historically killing deprived its victims only of life; the modern refinement is to deprive them first of agency.
Most of the enlistees in a struggle against oppression regard it merely as a struggle for spoils; the rest are insane.
Democracies are apt to take office for power, semblance for substance.
In politics: We need X, therefore we must do Y. With equal logic, and more truth: We need to do Y, therefore X must become necessary.
Good governance is when the populace makes most of its own misery.
Caligula wished that the people of Rome had but one neck: in modern terms, he had a passion for equality.