The revolutionary is nine parts hatred and envy of the oppressor, and one part sympathy and love for the oppressed.
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?
Revolutions spare nothing but the machinery of the state at which they are ostensibly directed.
Constant surveillance is the vocation of the police and the avocation of everyone else.
Yesterday the great enemy of democracy was distinction of birth; today it is distinction of wealth; tomorrow it will be distinction.
Uncivilized colonists enslave the aborigines; civilized colonists exterminate them.
To be powerful relieves one of the obligation to be interesting.
Policy begets policy.
Political corruption used to be friction; now it is lubrication.
Nobody says “it’s the law” about a good law.
Universal suffrage enforces a universal delusion of special competence in politics.