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 022016

Checks and balances and the separation of powers, the supposed bedrock principles of American government, contradict each other directly.

Aug 182016

Liberality is exactly like liberalism, except with your own money.

Aug 152016

Societies toy with dissenters like cats with mice — a few escape, the rest wearied unto death. The short way is more respectful and humane.

Aug 032016

Free speech means, more technically, that the value of any given utterance asymptotically approaches zero.

Jul 202016

It is a feature of America that anyone can grow up to be President. Or perhaps it is a bug.

Jul 012016

Metaphoric wars do more damage than actual ones.

May 112016

When a majority rejects democracy, then in what does democracy consist?