Ruling – Page 29 – 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?

Oct 312016

Populism is the theory that your inferiors should have a say, and authoritarianism is the theory that it should be at your expense.

Oct 172016

The government can be a great deal worse than the populace, but no better.

Oct 102016

Regulation exists to manufacture non-compliance.

Sep 272016

The thirst for equality can be slaked only by the acquisition of superiority.

Sep 202016

Parents, and governments, pursue order, not justice.

Sep 022016

Checks and balances and the separation of powers, the supposed bedrock principles of American government, contradict each other directly.

Aug 182016

Liberalism is like liberality, except with other people’s money.

Aug 152016

Societies toy with dissenters like cats with mice — a few escape, the rest wearied unto death. The short way is more respectful and humane.

Aug 032016

Free speech means, more technically, that the value of any given utterance asymptotically approaches zero.