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?

Aug 092013
 

The revolutionary treats the oppressed as the defense lawyer treats the client: under no circumstances are they to speak for themselves.

Jul 302013
 

Revolution is seeded by abuse and watered by reform.

Jul 092013
 

The incorruptible politician merely prefers power to money.

Jun 192013
 

The less you are contradicted, the stupider you become. The more powerful you become, the less you are contradicted.

May 012013
 

Many privileges are granted on the implied condition that they will not be exercised.

Apr 182013
 

The people are flattered more obsequiously than the monarch ever was.

Feb 272013
 

The great problem in political science is how to persuade the people to elect a government of which the theorist approves.

Jan 092013
 

Men can always be found to do the king’s bidding without asking so much as the king’s shilling in return.

Jan 012013
 

Legality is the last refuge of a scoundrel.