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.
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?
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.
It is futile to expect judges to uphold laws of which they disapprove when people refuse to believe anything they find unpleasant.
Beware the Houyhnhnms. The Yahoos are of no consequence.
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.