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?

Jul 212017
 

Today all government is popular government — if not by the people, then in their name.

Jul 172017
 

Power reveals; and absolute power reveals absolutely.

Jul 032017
 

Democracy and war are the most efficient mechanisms for becoming angry at large groups of people one has never met.

Jun 132017
 

That a politician is popular with the young may not be sufficient reason to oppose him, but it’s a start.

Jun 072017
 

The meek shall inherit the earth when the bold are through with it.

May 302017
 

When one hears that a public figure hates journalists, it may be true; but what will be certain is that journalists hate him.

May 182017
 

The legislative branch is government as we imagine it, the executive as we know it, the judicial as we resort to it in extremity.

May 042017
 

We must defend democracy from the half of the population too stupid to be entrusted with it.

Apr 262017
 

Elite is a rather flattering term for what is in fact a clutch of overgrown teacher’s pets.

Apr 122017
 

The conquerors enslave the conquered, when the gap between them is small; when it is large, they exterminate them.