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?

Jan 152014

The revolutionary is nine parts hatred and envy of the oppressor, and one part sympathy and love for the oppressed.

Jan 132014

Revolutions spare nothing but the machinery of the state at which they are ostensibly directed.

Dec 252013

Constant surveillance is the vocation of the police and the avocation of everyone else.

Dec 092013

Yesterday the great enemy of democracy was distinction of birth; today it is distinction of wealth; tomorrow it will be distinction.

Dec 042013

Uncivilized colonists enslave the aborigines; civilized colonists exterminate them.

Nov 282013

To be powerful relieves one of the obligation to be interesting.

Nov 012013

Nobody says “it’s the law” about a good law.

Oct 152013

Universal suffrage enforces a universal delusion of special competence in politics.