There can be no tyranny without opacity.
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?
Every party looks its best out of power.
Love has done nothing to stop wars, but marriage has prevented quite a few.
In politics you can be right as long as you don’t care if you win, or win as long as you don’t care if you’re right.
Hot and cold countries should never share a currency.
Government by laws, not men, is the bureaucratic principle.
Taxes, regarded as the price of indifference, are a bargain.
Tardiness is the rudeness of kings, and punctuality the necessary politeness of their subjects.
It is easy to rule people who are persuaded that they rule themselves.
For every empire history offers a hundred explanations for why it fell, when what we need to know is how it lasted.