A bureaucratic government may be lawless, but a lawful government must be bureaucratic.
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?
The opposite of madness is consensus.
Many nuisances, and not a few evils, ultimately trace to small groups of thoughtful, concerned citizens.
What is immoral should be illegal, and what is legal is not immoral — the bookends on the shelf of vulgar errors in political philosophy.
The political theorist knows where he wants to go but not how to get there, or how to stay there, having once arrived.
Political disaster is always preceded by a period of intense popular interest in politics.
The same ideas are used to exonerate the guilty and to punish the innocent.
Not until recently has the government that robs Peter to pay Paul been able to rely on the support of Peter.
All disputes over process are in fact over policy.
The tyrant concerned for his historical reputation must concentrate his fire on the inarticulate, who don’t leave pesky memoirs behind. Kill peasants, not Jews.