Merciful regimes kill the troublesome without insisting on reeducating them first.
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 proper end of politics is not to make life pleasant for yourself, your friends, and your allies, but to make it miserable for those whom you hate, envy, and fear.
The best places don’t let people in, and the worst don’t let them out.
Never confess at the show trial. They shoot you anyway, then kill your wife and children.
Power operates like other scarce goods, and black markets spring up in it where it is proscribed.
“No friends to the right” is the bedrock principle on which left and right agree.
It doesn’t matter what the rules are. What matters is that no one know what the rules are.
Permissiveness is more regressive than any sales tax.
The more obvious the truth, the more severely its utterance is punished.
How to smash the oppressors while preserving the sponsors has yet to be demonstrated.