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?

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.

Jan 042016

Many nuisances, and not a few evils, ultimately trace to small groups of thoughtful, concerned citizens.

Dec 212015

What is immoral should be illegal, and what is legal is not immoral — the bookends on the shelf of vulgar errors in political philosophy.

Dec 042015

The political theorist knows where he wants to go but not how to get there, or how to stay there, having once arrived.

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.