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?

May 112016
 

When a majority rejects democracy, then in what does democracy consist?

Apr 202016
 

The politician’s favorite tools are organizations that profess themselves above politics.

Mar 222016
 

War puts the pacific virtues to use, but peace can do nothing with the martial ones.

Mar 092016
 

The Gods of Liberty, Equality, Justice, and The People have demanded more human sacrifice than all other divinities combined.

Feb 192016
 

Every fictional utopia has one feature in common with every modern state: compulsory public education.

Jan 292016
 

Where nonviolent resistance succeeds the government has already lost its nerve: you can’t rule if you won’t shoot.

Jan 272016
 

Great rewards await those who supply the rich and powerful with reasons for whatever they were going to do in the first place.

Jan 252016
 

A bureaucratic government may be lawless, but a lawful government must be bureaucratic.