Today all government is popular government — if not by the people, then in their name.
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?
Power reveals; and absolute power reveals absolutely.
Democracy and war are the most efficient mechanisms for becoming angry at large groups of people one has never met.
That a politician is popular with the young may not be sufficient reason to oppose him, but it’s a start.
The meek shall inherit the earth when the bold are through with it.
When one hears that a public figure hates journalists, it may be true; but what will be certain is that journalists hate him.
The legislative branch is government as we imagine it, the executive as we know it, the judicial as we resort to it in extremity.
We must defend democracy from the half of the population too stupid to be entrusted with it.
Elite is a rather flattering term for what is in fact a clutch of overgrown teacher’s pets.
The conquerors enslave the conquered, when the gap between them is small; when it is large, they exterminate them.