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?

Apr 202015
 

Love has done nothing to stop wars, but marriage has prevented quite a few.

Apr 152015
 

In politics you can be right as long as you don’t care if you win, or win as long as you don’t care if you’re right.

Mar 252015
 

Hot and cold countries should never share a currency.

Mar 202015
 

Government by laws, not men, is the bureaucratic principle.

Mar 042015
 

Taxes, regarded as the price of indifference, are a bargain.

Mar 022015
 

Tardiness is the rudeness of kings, and punctuality the necessary politeness of their subjects.

Feb 262015
 

It is easy to rule people who are persuaded that they rule themselves.

Feb 232015
 

For every empire history offers a hundred explanations for why it fell, when what we need to know is how it lasted.

Nov 262014
 

It is futile to expect judges to uphold laws of which they disapprove when people refuse to believe anything they find unpleasant.

Nov 202014
 

Beware the Houyhnhnms. The Yahoos are of no consequence.