Yesterday the great enemy of democracy was distinction of birth; today it is distinction of wealth; tomorrow it will be distinction.
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?
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.
People will stand for hardship from their rulers but not for insult.
There are always and everywhere two political parties: the Ins and the Outs. The rest is advertising.
The people never means quite all of them.