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?

Nov 102015
 

Political disaster is always preceded by a period of intense popular interest in politics.

Nov 022015
 

The same ideas are used to exonerate the guilty and to punish the innocent.

Oct 272015
 

Not until recently has the government that robs Peter to pay Paul been able to rely on the support of Peter.

Oct 192015
 

All disputes over process are in fact over policy.

Oct 062015
 

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.

Sep 142015
 

Ideas rule the world — the ideas of the people who rule the world.

Jul 272015
 

Last to the meeting is most powerful, and apotheosis consists in not showing up at all.

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.