There are worse ways to judge a government than if the trains run on time.
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?
Written history is mostly war, and the surest way to be remembered is to start one.
Democracy dies at scale.
State terror denotes resistance: eventually it can be dispensed with.
The rulers, the ruled, and the theoreticians of rule alike always interest themselves more in who shall rule than how.
Orthodoxy’s palace guard paints and probably sees itself as an embattled and powerless minority, defending unpopular truths without fear or favor.
There are always things you can’t say. Repression is measured by how many obviously true things you can’t say.
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.