War puts the pacific virtues to use, but peace can do nothing with the martial ones.
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?
The great enemy of men is Man.
The Gods of Liberty, Equality, Justice, and The People have demanded more human sacrifice than all other divinities combined.
Most evil is done routinely.
Every fictional utopia has one feature in common with every modern state: compulsory public education.
Nonviolent resistance succeeds only when the government has already lost its nerve: you can’t rule if you won’t shoot.
Great rewards await those who supply the rich and powerful with reasons for whatever they were going to do in the first place.
A bureaucratic government may be lawless, but a lawful government must be bureaucratic.
The opposite of madness is consensus.
Many nuisances, and not a few evils, ultimately trace to small groups of thoughtful, concerned citizens.