Democracy encourages would-be rulers to act like the people in an abject effort to gain the power to act for them.
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?
Overrated: State violence
Underrated: Personal violence
It is difficult to get people you hate to vote for you.
Until it has the appearance of liberty the prison is not complete.
To make an omelet you have to break a few eggs; to make a bigger one you have to break a few more; and to make an enormous, imperishable, world-historical omelet, millions of broken eggs are required.
The free stuff is a nice perk of communism, but the real point was always the free love.
The speech-censors make their presence known; the thought-censors censor first the thought that they exist.
Those who believe that society can be reengineered rarely have much engineering experience.
Voting, like tattoos, diverts the urge toward self-expression from more noisome forms like speech.
There are two kinds of governments: those, like absolute monarchies, that tell their subjects frankly who rules them; and those, like democracies, that lie about it.