Ruling

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?

Oct 232019
 

Somehow, in democracies, a great many policies get implemented that almost no one will admit to being in favor of.

Oct 012019
 

It’s not usually the truth that’s being shoved down your throat.

Sep 272019
 

History is lenient with the vicious and powerful victims of tyrants still more vicious and powerful.

Sep 162019
 

Merciful regimes kill the troublesome without insisting on reeducating them first.

Sep 102019
 

The proper end of politics is not to make life pleasant for yourself, your friends, and your allies, but to make it miserable for those whom you hate, envy, and fear.

Sep 062019
 

The best places don’t let people in, and the worst don’t let them out.

Sep 042019
 

Never confess at the show trial. They shoot you anyway, then kill your wife and children.

Aug 262019
 

Power operates like other scarce goods, and black markets spring up in it where it is proscribed.

Aug 142019
 

“No friends to the right” is the bedrock principle on which left and right agree.

Jul 222019
 

It doesn’t matter what the rules are. What matters is that no one know what the rules are.