Ruling – Everything


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 052024

Good government tends to be dull, and thus rarely preferred to bad.

Jan 032024

The progress-monger gorges on revolution, and dines on legislation

Dec 052023

Voters who go mad in national elections often recover their sanity in local ones.

Nov 292023

Official corruption is always friction where the regime is honest, and usually lubrication where it’s not.

Nov 132023

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.

Nov 082023

The cardinal separation of powers is sovereignty from mass opinion, and everything that goes under the name is a halting means to that end.

Oct 172023

Every despotic power, especially a majority, tends to become absolute.