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?

Apr 102017
 

A suppressed idea mutates to ever more virulent forms; these are then invoked to justify its continued suppression.

Apr 042017
 

The desire to rule would be impotent without the desire to be ruled.

Mar 172017
 

In order that our boys shall not have died in vain, a great many of our boys die in vain.

Feb 162017
 

Elite political opinion is influential because it is believed to be. When the belief disappears, so does the influence.

Jan 182017
 

Crime committed on a large enough scale ceases to be criminal. It becomes business as usual, or Realpolitik, or statesmanship.

Jan 052017
 

Historically killing deprived its victims only of life; the modern refinement is to deprive them first of agency.

Jan 022017
 

Most of the enlistees in a struggle against oppression regard it merely as a struggle for spoils; the rest are insane.

Dec 202016
 

Democracies are apt to take office for power, semblance for substance.

Dec 162016
 

In politics: We need X, therefore we must do Y. With equal logic, and more truth: We need to do Y, therefore X must become necessary.