Crime committed on a large enough scale ceases to be criminal. It becomes business as usual, or Realpolitik, or statesmanship.
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?
Historically killing deprived its victims only of life; the modern refinement is to deprive them first of agency.
Most of the enlistees in a struggle against oppression regard it merely as a struggle for spoils; the rest are insane.
Democracies are apt to take office for power, semblance for substance.
In politics: We need X, therefore we must do Y. With equal logic, and more truth: We need to do Y, therefore X must become necessary.
Good governance is when the populace makes most of its own misery.
Caligula wished that the people of Rome had but one neck: in modern terms, he had a passion for equality.
We elect such hideous candidates, and we are all such lovely people.
Aristocracies die with the disappearance of their duties, not their privileges.
Populism is the theory that your inferiors should have a say, and authoritarianism is the theory that it should be at your expense.