When you hear a proposed law or policy described as “common sense,” run for your life. Common sense doesn’t scale.
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?
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.
So the last shall be told that they are first, and the first that they are last: for many be hectored, but few persuaded.
We are exhorted to ask cui bono?, yet cui malo? is often the more penetrating question.
A government of laws, not of men, requires suitable men.
To the problem of different opinions political science offers two solutions, idealism and realism. Idealism: different opinions should not exist. Realism: different opinions do not exist.
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
DIVERSITY BRINGS US TOGETHER
The point of a special day for airing grievances is that all the other days are not.