Actual tyrannies require courage to oppose.
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?
If policy simply achieved its ends, a new outlet would have to be found for the ingenuity expended in its defense.
What politicians say about science is as silly as what scientists say about politics.
Every vote is for the lesser evil.
We speak with awe of ruling the world, as the supreme attainment; but the world has had many rulers, on the whole a sorry lot.
Without the feeling of freedom, slavery is not complete.
Today all government is popular government — if not by the people, then in their name.
Power reveals; and absolute power reveals absolutely.
Democracy and war are the most efficient mechanisms for becoming angry at large groups of people one has never met.
That a politician is popular with the young may not be sufficient reason to oppose him, but it’s a start.