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?

Jan 182017

Crime committed on a large enough scale ceases to be criminal. It becomes business as usual, or Realpolitik, or statesmanship.

Jan 052017

Historically killing deprived its victims only of life; the modern refinement is to deprive them first of agency.

Jan 022017

Most of the enlistees in a struggle against oppression regard it merely as a struggle for spoils; the rest are insane.

Dec 202016

Democracies are apt to take office for power, semblance for substance.

Dec 162016

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.

Dec 152016

Good governance is when the populace makes most of its own misery.

Dec 052016

Caligula wished that the people of Rome had but one neck: in modern terms, he had a passion for equality.

Nov 302016

We elect such hideous candidates, and we are all such lovely people.

Oct 312016

Populism is the theory that your inferiors should have a say, and authoritarianism is the theory that it should be at your expense.