Good government tends to be dull, and thus rarely preferred to bad.
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?
The progress-monger gorges on revolution, and dines on legislation
The demagogue wields power by denouncing it.
To abstain is human; to vote, supine.
The Deep State is in fact shallow, but wide.
Voters who go mad in national elections often recover their sanity in local ones.
Official corruption is always friction where the regime is honest, and usually lubrication where it’s not.
What sort of instruction is best depends on who is being taught, and what sort of government is best depends on who is being ruled.
The cardinal separation of powers is sovereignty from mass opinion, and everything that goes under the name is a halting means to that end.
Every despotic power, especially a majority, tends to become absolute.