Ruling – Page 31 – 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?

Apr 152015

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.

Mar 252015

Hot and cold countries should never share a currency.

Mar 202015

Government by laws, not men, is the bureaucratic principle.

Mar 042015

Taxes, regarded as the price of indifference, are a bargain.

Mar 022015

Tardiness is the rudeness of kings, and punctuality the necessary politeness of their subjects.

Feb 262015

It is easy to rule people who are persuaded that they rule themselves.

Feb 232015

For every empire history offers a hundred explanations for why it fell, when what we need to know is how it lasted.

Nov 262014

It is futile to expect judges to uphold laws of which they disapprove when people refuse to believe anything they find unpleasant.

Nov 202014

Beware the Houyhnhnms. The Yahoos are of no consequence.

Nov 102014

The two great metaphors for society in political philosophy have been machine and organism: thus the two for the individual have been cog and cell.