The fiercest tribal warrior is the universalist.
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?
One ought to be a bit embarrassed to win an election.
The basest viciousness usually wraps itself in a hygienic metaphor.
Only after he has exhausted his other resources does the boy begin to torture insects, or the ruler his subjects.
People would rather be ruled by their own kind than well.
Countries are artificial: cities are natural.
Every new power allies itself with the dispossessed, for the possessed are its competition.
To wield power wisely it is necessary to obtain it.
Punishment deters best when regarded as expiation.
No government strong enough to provide liberty is weak enough to preserve it.