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 182014

The fiercest tribal warrior is the universalist.

Apr 092014

One ought to be a bit embarrassed to win an election.

Apr 032014

The basest viciousness usually wraps itself in a hygienic metaphor.

Mar 312014

Only after he has exhausted his other resources does the boy begin to torture insects, or the ruler his subjects.

Mar 182014

People would rather be ruled by their own kind than well.

Mar 032014

Every new power allies itself with the dispossessed, for the possessed are its competition.

Feb 202014

To wield power wisely it is necessary to obtain it.

Feb 072014

Punishment deters best when regarded as expiation.

Feb 052014

No government strong enough to provide liberty is weak enough to preserve it.