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?

Feb 172020
 

Sentence first — verdict afterwards — reasons last of all.

Feb 132020
 

Witch-hunts work especially well among people who are too sophisticated to believe in witches.

Feb 042020
 

It is always important, in evaluating a policy, to consider how many people you will have to kill to implement it.

Jan 312020
 

Government, though it never depends on the consent of the governed, often depends on large numbers of the governed believing that it does.

Jan 272020
 

For every hundred ringing declarations in favor of freedom of speech or the press there are none in favor of freedom of association.

Jan 102020
 

Civilization depends on exclusion — what and whom to get rid of, what and whom not to let in in the first place.

Jan 012020
 

Where censorship does not exist, complaints about it are loud and frequent; where it is mild, they diminish; and where it is severe, they end.

Dec 092019
 

The discovery that only bad people do bad things has tidied the administration of justice, making it a simple matter of determining who the bad people are.