Ruling – Page 20 – 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?

Apr 042019

An expert torturer always reminds you that it’s for your own good, and hurts him more than you.

Apr 022019

To do the same thing over and over expecting different results is reputed to be insanity, and yet we persist in elections.

Mar 252019

Democracy is the conviction that my policy preferences are widely held, and populism is the fear that yours are.

Mar 192019

The end does not justify the means: it is the means.

Mar 152019

To win at politics requires commitment, and the committed party is the one to whose constituents politics offers the only chance of advancement.

Mar 112019

Rich societies produce leisure sufficient for folly, and democratic societies make this everybody’s problem.

Mar 012019

No sensible ruler tries to suppress ideas. It is a comparatively simple matter to suppress their implementation.

Feb 152019

Today’s atrocities are committed for Equality and Justice; tomorrow’s will be committed for Love.

Jan 302019

To be represented is the smallest aspiration.

Jan 282019

Progressive mores, which in the name of equality must be preached to and adopted by all, are mildly toxic to about a tenth of the population, crippling to two-thirds, and potentially fatal to the rest. For a few grifters they make a lucrative career.