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 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?