Ruling – Page 5 – 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?

Jun 282022

A time-honored tactic of the schoolyard bully, after he has ground your face into the dirt, is to release you on the condition that you mouth some humiliating absurdity. He does not want to convince you of its truth; he wants to see what you will swallow.

Jun 172022

Rules are made to be selectively enforced.

Jun 032022

Propaganda demands endless repetition, not just of the same ideas, but in the same words.

May 192022

Deontology for thee, but not for me.

May 032022

The crisis is not that the press is distrusted: the press has always been distrusted. The crisis is that this has finally dawned on the press.

Apr 202022

We complain of government inefficiency and unaccountability, instead of government mass murder, wholesale theft, and miseducation of our children by force, which makes our own supine posture rather too apparent.

Apr 062022

Popular sovereignty in a democracy comes to resemble Swiss cheese, as ambitious men carve little chunks of political power out for themselves and proof them as best they can against the vagaries of elections. Eventually nothing is left but the holes.

Apr 052022

It is unjust to require IDs to vote. What ought to be required is an accurate statement of Arrow’s impossibility theorem.