The consolation prize for being out of power is unswerving commitment to timeless civic principles.
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?
Merit is only achievement, and meritocracy only mandarinism.
There is no freedom to speak without the freedom to be silent.
Authority depends on prestige, or failing that, police.
It is rather late to mourn the dignity of office.
Say what you like about our form of government, it beats democracy.
Law is keeping order: justice is keeping score.
To deify the state has a certain logic; for the state is compulsion and coercion, and these, too, are God’s usual means.
If you separate Church and State, the State becomes the Church.
Actual tyrannies require courage to oppose.