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?

Sep 252017

Actual tyrannies require courage to oppose.

Sep 162017

If policy simply achieved its ends, a new outlet would have to be found for the ingenuity expended in its defense.

Sep 122017

What politicians say about science is as silly as what scientists say about politics.

Aug 082017

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.

Jul 242017

Without the feeling of freedom, slavery is not complete.

Jul 212017

Today all government is popular government — if not by the people, then in their name.

Jul 172017

Power reveals; and absolute power reveals absolutely.

Jul 032017

Democracy and war are the most efficient mechanisms for becoming angry at large groups of people one has never met.

Jun 132017

That a politician is popular with the young may not be sufficient reason to oppose him, but it’s a start.