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 182018
 

There are always things you can’t say. Repression is measured by how many obviously true things you can’t say.

Oct 162018
 

Fascism is often confused with a shave, haircut, and shoeshine.

Oct 082018
 

“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.

Sep 202018
 

Modern democracy has nearly perfected itself; that the people can still occasionally make their wishes known remains its one flaw.

Aug 302018
 

When you hear a proposed law or policy described as “common sense,” run for your life. Common sense doesn’t scale.

Aug 282018
 

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.

Aug 172018
 

The law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, and this, precisely, is the source of its majesty.

Aug 162018
 

Secret police at all times and places have been delighted by the size and enthusiasm of their volunteer auxiliaries.