Somehow, in democracies, a great many policies get implemented that almost no one will admit to being in favor of.
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?
It’s not usually the truth that’s being shoved down your throat.
History is lenient with the vicious and powerful victims of tyrants still more vicious and powerful.
Merciful regimes kill the troublesome without insisting on reeducating them first.
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.
The best places don’t let people in, and the worst don’t let them out.
Never confess at the show trial. They shoot you anyway, then kill your wife and children.
Power operates like other scarce goods, and black markets spring up in it where it is proscribed.
“No friends to the right” is the bedrock principle on which left and right agree.
It doesn’t matter what the rules are. What matters is that no one know what the rules are.