Ruling – Page 3 – 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?

Jul 182023

Kings, prime ministers, and presidents are often imbeciles, but regents never are.

Jul 132023

We used to burn old books; the modern refinement is to alter them.

Feb 102023

It is the moral equivalent of war, not war, that is the health of the state. Actual war is too messy and dangerous.

Jan 052023

Tyranny is never frank, even with no reason to be anything else. It is forever wheedling, patronizing, solicitous, half high-school vice-principal and half kindergarten crossing-guard.

Dec 222022

Communism and anarchism are natural allies: one proposes to punish what is best in human nature, the other not to punish what is worst.