Every fictional utopia has one feature in common with every modern state: compulsory public education.
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?
Where nonviolent resistance succeeds the government has already lost its nerve: you can’t rule if you won’t shoot.
Great rewards await those who supply the rich and powerful with reasons for whatever they were going to do in the first place.
A bureaucratic government may be lawless, but a lawful government must be bureaucratic.
The opposite of madness is consensus.
Many nuisances, and not a few evils, ultimately trace to small groups of thoughtful, concerned citizens.
What is immoral should be illegal, and what is legal is not immoral — the bookends on the shelf of vulgar errors in political philosophy.
The political theorist knows where he wants to go but not how to get there, or how to stay there, having once arrived.
Political disaster is always preceded by a period of intense popular interest in politics.
The same ideas are used to exonerate the guilty and to punish the innocent.