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?

May 212020
 

To make an omelet you have to break a few eggs; to make a bigger one you have to break a few more; and to make an enormous, imperishable, world-historical omelet, millions of broken eggs are required.

May 012020
 

Voting, like tattoos, diverts the urge toward self-expression from more noisome forms like speech.

Apr 292020
 

There are two kinds of governments: those, like absolute monarchies, that tell their subjects frankly who rules them; and those, like democracies, that lie about it.

Apr 022020
 

If voting posed any threat to the reigning order, one would not be constantly exhorted to do it.