There is a great deal of ruin in a nation, and eventually it finds out how much.
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?
In less than two centuries communism has established itself as the apex predator on civilization, a killing machine: one admires it as one admires a hardy but lethal virus, or the great white shark.
What we call rule by out-of-touch elites was known in the 19th century as civil service reform, and if Plunkitt of Tammany Hall were alive today, he would have every reason to feel vindicated.
Whatever the corrupt practice, everyone does not do it, and to say everyone does is a vicious attempt to wipe from existence those who do not.
Disinformation used to be false.
The world is run by smart people’s ideas, in stupid people’s versions.
Revolutions are staffed by those who expect to gain from the coming order, but led by those who expect to suffer, whose negligence of personal considerations betokens their righteousness, and whose zeal is commensurate with their expectation.
Behind every man who believes human nature can be remade at will stands a volunteer for the job.
It is strange, the way people will believe bizarre and byzantine theories about their rulers after years of being lied to by them continuously.
Every voter-registration campaign produces a less competent electorate; indeed, that is its aim.