Every society is ruled by its high-status beliefs; if you don’t like them, your only recourse is to lower their status.
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?
Every regime, in every era, has installed incompetents in positions of high responsibility and authority; it is our unique distinction to do so on high principle.
Crime is like most problems: you don’t need to know the cause to fix it.
Government does not issue recommendations or suggestions — only threats.
If justice delayed were justice denied, there would be no justice at all.
Bad laws make worse cops.
Power is the difference between the number of people I am obliged to consult and the number who are obliged to consult me.
Nearly every new law is bad, and nearly every old custom is good.
A time-honored tactic of the schoolyard bully, after he has ground your face into the dirt, is to release you on the condition that you mouth some humiliating absurdity. He does not want to convince you of its truth; he wants to see what you will swallow.
Rules are made to be selectively enforced.