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?

Jan 082019
 

Leninism is not communist any more than Catholicism is Christian: they are programs for the respective containment of communism and Christianity.

Jan 032019
 

Dullness is so prevalent in high places that it has come to be regarded as an obligation.

Dec 212018
 

There are worse ways to judge a government than if the trains run on time.

Nov 022018
 

State terror denotes resistance: eventually it can be dispensed with.

Nov 012018
 

The rulers, the ruled, and the theoreticians of rule alike always interest themselves more in who shall rule than how.

Oct 302018
 

Orthodoxy’s palace guard paints and probably sees itself as an embattled and powerless minority, defending unpopular truths without fear or favor.

Oct 182018
 

There are always things you can’t say. Repression is measured by how many obviously true things you can’t say.

Oct 162018
 

Fascism is often confused with a shave, haircut, and shoeshine.