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?

Jul 292020

Literacy makes possible the state, and universal literacy the omnipotent state.

Jul 062020

Democracy encourages would-be rulers to act like the people in an abject effort to gain the power to act for them.

May 212020

To make an omelet you have to break a few eggs; to make a bigger one you have to break a few more; and to make an enormous, imperishable, world-historical omelet, millions of broken eggs are required.

May 012020

Voting, like tattoos, diverts the urge toward self-expression from more noisome forms like speech.