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?

Sep 252017
 

Actual tyrannies require courage to oppose.

Sep 162017
 

If policy simply achieved its ends, a new outlet would have to be found for the ingenuity expended in its defense.

Sep 122017
 

What politicians say about science is as silly as what scientists say about politics.

Aug 082017
 

We speak with awe of ruling the world, as the supreme attainment; but the world has had many rulers, on the whole a sorry lot.

Jul 242017
 

Without the feeling of freedom, slavery is not complete.

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.