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Ruling

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?

May 012020
 

Voting, like tattoos, diverts the urge toward self-expression from more noisome forms like speech.

Apr 292020
 

There are two kinds of governments: those, like absolute monarchies, that tell their subjects frankly who rules them; and those, like democracies, that lie about it.

Apr 022020
 

If voting posed any threat to the reigning order, one would not be constantly exhorted to do it.

Mar 092020
 

Deviants and criminals, given the chance, will dwell endlessly on their own deviance and criminality. Repression at least obliges them to change the subject.

Mar 062020
 

To tyrannize over a people it is necessary to humiliate them, and nothing is more humiliating than declaring normal acts heinous crimes.

Mar 052020
 

A nation that regards speech as the fundamental liberty is a nation unable to keep its mouth shut.

Mar 042020
 

The loss of America’s appetite for full-on war has whetted it for petty military adventure.