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 302019
 

Unity is what you call for when you win.

Apr 042019
 

An expert torturer always reminds you that it’s for your own good, and hurts him more than you.

Apr 022019
 

To do the same thing over and over expecting different results is reputed to be insanity, and yet we persist in elections.

Mar 252019
 

Democracy is the conviction that my policy preferences are widely held, and populism is the fear that yours are.

Mar 192019
 

The end does not justify the means: it is the means.

Mar 152019
 

To win at politics requires commitment, and the committed party is the one to whose constituents politics offers the only chance of advancement.

Mar 112019
 

Rich societies produce leisure sufficient for folly, and democratic societies make this everybody’s problem.

Mar 012019
 

No sensible ruler tries to suppress ideas. It is a comparatively simple matter to suppress their implementation.

Feb 152019
 

Today’s atrocities are committed for Equality and Justice; tomorrow’s will be committed for Love.