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?

Feb 162017

Elite political opinion is influential because it is believed to be. When the belief disappears, so does the influence.

Jan 182017

Crime committed on a large enough scale ceases to be criminal. It becomes business as usual, or Realpolitik, or statesmanship.

Jan 052017

Historically killing deprived its victims only of life; the modern refinement is to deprive them first of agency.

Jan 022017

Most of the enlistees in a struggle against oppression regard it merely as a struggle for spoils; the rest are insane.

Dec 202016

Democracies are apt to take office for power, semblance for substance.

Dec 162016

In politics: We need X, therefore we must do Y. With equal logic, and more truth: We need to do Y, therefore X must become necessary.

Dec 152016

Good governance is when the populace makes most of its own misery.

Dec 052016

Caligula wished that the people of Rome had but one neck: in modern terms, he had a passion for equality.

Nov 302016

We elect such hideous candidates, and we are all such lovely people.