Populism is the theory that your inferiors should have a say, and authoritarianism is the theory that it should be at your expense.
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?
Where books are burned, they are taken seriously.
The government can be a great deal worse than the populace, but no better.
Regulation exists to manufacture non-compliance.
The thirst for equality can be slaked only by the acquisition of superiority.
Parents, and governments, pursue order, not justice.
Checks and balances and the separation of powers, the supposed bedrock principles of American government, contradict each other directly.
Liberalism is like liberality, except with other people’s money.
Societies toy with dissenters like cats with mice — a few escape, the rest wearied unto death. The short way is more respectful and humane.
Free speech means, more technically, that the value of any given utterance asymptotically approaches zero.