The two great metaphors for society in political philosophy have been machine and organism: thus the two for the individual have been cog and cell.
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?
Ideologies must be classed not by what they intend to build but by what they intend to destroy.
Hard cases make bad law, and good law makes hard cases.
The worse the government, the longer the speeches.
Abroad we make our soldiers pretend to be policemen, and at home we let our policemen pretend to be soldiers.
Every genocide is an accidental eugenics program.
The heretic is not punished for error: he is punished for heresy.
Revolution gets awfully good press, considering its track record.
That no one is above the Law is less a principle than a threat.
Inflict the punishment, and the crime will be inferred.