Political disaster is always preceded by a period of intense popular interest in politics.
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?
The same ideas are used to exonerate the guilty and to punish the innocent.
Not until recently has the government that robs Peter to pay Paul been able to rely on the support of Peter.
All disputes over process are in fact over policy.
The tyrant concerned for his historical reputation must concentrate his fire on the inarticulate, who don’t leave pesky memoirs behind. Kill peasants, not Jews.
Ideas rule the world — the ideas of the people who rule the world.
Last to the meeting is most powerful, and apotheosis consists in not showing up at all.
Religion attenuates as crime is punished.
Popular government demands that the people play all roles at once: oppressor and oppressed, ruler and ruled, disenfranchised by vote, silenced by cacophony.
Stupidity at an immense age becomes instrumental rationality, just as crime on an immense scale becomes statecraft.