Ruling – Page 2 – Everything


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?

Feb 102023

It is the moral equivalent of war, not war, that is the health of the state. Actual war is too messy and dangerous.

Jan 052023

Tyranny is never frank, even with no reason to be anything else. It is forever wheedling, patronizing, solicitous, half high-school vice-principal and half kindergarten crossing-guard.

Dec 222022

Communism and anarchism are natural allies: one proposes to punish what is best in human nature, the other not to punish what is worst.

Dec 162022

To lose a war is sometimes a disaster; to fight one on your own turf always is.

Dec 082022

Policy has most of the force of law and none of the inconvenience. Once assured that it is a policy, people will put up with nearly anything.

Nov 032022

Every society is ruled by its high-status beliefs; if you don’t like them, your only recourse is to lower their status.