There are always things you can’t say. Repression is measured by how many obviously true things you can’t say.
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?
Fascism is often confused with a shave, haircut, and shoeshine.
“Kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out” would be a fine description of communism except that it is atheistic, and thus the dead go unsorted.
High civilizations are lost not in battle but by forfeit.
Modern democracy has nearly perfected itself; that the people can still occasionally make their wishes known remains its one flaw.
Once memory has been centralized it can be destroyed.
When you hear a proposed law or policy described as “common sense,” run for your life. Common sense doesn’t scale.
If you must be the victim of a grotesque law or policy, be first, or photogenic, and it may pay you back in fame. The rest go unnoticed.
The law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, and this, precisely, is the source of its majesty.
Secret police at all times and places have been delighted by the size and enthusiasm of their volunteer auxiliaries.