History, in one sense, is a succession of ever-widening protection rackets.
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?
When a majority rejects democracy, then in what does democracy consist?
The politician’s favorite tools are organizations that profess themselves above politics.
War puts the pacific virtues to use, but peace can do nothing with the martial ones.
The great enemy of men is Man.
The Gods of Liberty, Equality, Justice, and The People have demanded more human sacrifice than all other divinities combined.
Most evil is done routinely.
Every fictional utopia has one feature in common with every modern state: compulsory public education.
Where nonviolent resistance succeeds the government has already lost its nerve: you can’t rule if you won’t shoot.
Great rewards await those who supply the rich and powerful with reasons for whatever they were going to do in the first place.