The oppressor adds insult to injury when he imagines himself oppressed.
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?
An irreducible minimum of undesirables is always with us, and the sole policy question, in many guises, is how to herd them.
The enduring lessons of the First World War are how not to fight a war and why not to fight one.
No exit, no voice.
Revolution is for an imagined future, and revolt, on which it depends, for an imagined past.
In normal times, the party offering the most extreme version of popular ideas natters pointlessly. In revolutionary times, it wins.
A networked world is a legible world, and a legible world is an unfree world. We all have social credit scores now.
There can be order without law, but not law without order.
Every policy I support seems to threaten democracy itself.
Kings, prime ministers, and presidents are often imbeciles, but regents never are.