The great trick of governance, as yet imperfectly mastered, is to loot without having to fight.
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?
The lower your class, the more time and humiliation it costs you to collect your dole.
There are people who understand the power of speech, and people who oppose restrictions on speech, but rarely the same people.
Any country that allows its citizens to vote is at least obliged to make it difficult.
Greatest Evils of Communism
1. Millions dead
2. Widespread use of the term “bougie”
Recycling laws exist to remind you that your rulers, though they have nothing to charge you with, can force you to sort through your garbage.
You think your political opponents are unqualified to vote, they think the same of you, and you’re both right.
There are men who believe in a government of laws, not men; but they are not the men who govern.
In any sufficiently advanced civilization, the Top will use the Bottom to bludgeon the Middle.
The trouble starts with people thinking they should have a vote themselves, and from there it’s a short step to thinking everybody should.