The revolutionary treats the oppressed as the defense lawyer treats the client: under no circumstances are they to speak for themselves.
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?
Revolution is seeded by abuse and watered by reform.
The incorruptible politician merely prefers power to money.
The less you are contradicted, the stupider you become. The more powerful you become, the less you are contradicted.
Many privileges are granted on the implied condition that they will not be exercised.
The people are flattered more obsequiously than the monarch ever was.
The great problem in political science is how to persuade the people to elect a government of which the theorist approves.
Liberty, Equality, or Fraternity.
Men can always be found to do the king’s bidding without asking so much as the king’s shilling in return.
Legality is the last refuge of a scoundrel.