I would far rather be ruled by the football team than the computer club, let alone the debate team, student government, or model U.N.
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 only difference between utopia and dystopia is that utopia is nowhere and dystopia is everywhere.
Today’s politics has no Lenins, and few Stalins, but oh so many Kerenskys.
There is always official doctrine, but it is unusual for the officials to be stupid enough to believe it.
There is no institution, save the state itself, that guards free expression, and all such self-appointed guardians inevitably become enforcers of orthodoxy.
Fascism has often been popular. Communism has never been popular.
The more plausible the heresy, the more rigorously it must be suppressed.
To fend for oneself in a high civilization demands a certain cognitive minimum; when too many lack it the civilization lowers itself to meet them, and the process is hastened by letting them vote.
I can tolerate punishment for thought crime, but I draw the line at rehabilitation.
It doesn’t matter much which books you burn.