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?

Jul 172015
 

Popular government demands that the people play all roles at once: oppressor and oppressed, ruler and ruled, disenfranchised by vote, silenced by cacophony.

Jul 142015
 

Stupidity at an immense age becomes instrumental rationality, just as crime on an immense scale becomes statecraft.

Jul 062015
 

The best one can ever say for a policy is that it has not been obviously ruinous.

Jun 112015
 

Unduly harsh sentences indicate not law and order, but its opposite: that almost no one gets caught.

May 262015
 

There can be no tyranny without opacity.

May 062015
 

Every party looks its best out of power.

Apr 202015
 

Love has done nothing to stop wars, but marriage has prevented quite a few.