Ruling – Everything

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?

Nov 032022
 

Every society is ruled by its high-status beliefs; if you don’t like them, your only recourse is to lower their status.

Oct 252022
 

Every regime, in every era, has installed incompetents in positions of high responsibility and authority; it is our unique distinction to do so on high principle.

Sep 232022
 

Crime is like most problems: you don’t need to know the cause to fix it.

Jul 042022
 

Power is the difference between the number of people I am obliged to consult and the number who are obliged to consult me.

Jun 282022
 

A time-honored tactic of the schoolyard bully, after he has ground your face into the dirt, is to release you on the condition that you mouth some humiliating absurdity. He does not want to convince you of its truth; he wants to see what you will swallow.

Jun 172022
 

Rules are made to be selectively enforced.