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 142015

Ideas rule the world — the ideas of the people who rule the world.

Jul 272015

Last to the meeting is most powerful, and apotheosis consists in not showing up at all.

Jul 172015

Popular government demands that the people play all roles at once: oppressor and oppressed, ruler and ruled, disenfranchised by vote, silenced by cacophony.

Jul 142015

Stupidity at an immense age becomes instrumental rationality, just as crime on an immense scale becomes statecraft.

Jul 062015

The best one can ever say for a policy is that it has not been obviously ruinous.

Jun 112015

Unduly harsh sentences indicate not law and order, but its opposite: that almost no one gets caught.

May 262015

There can be no tyranny without opacity.