Ruling – Page 8 – 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 192021

The world is run by smart people’s ideas, in stupid people’s versions.

Apr 082021

Revolutions are staffed by those who expect to gain from the coming order, but led by those who expect to suffer, whose negligence of personal considerations betokens their righteousness, and whose zeal is commensurate with their expectation.

Mar 312021

Behind every man who believes human nature can be remade at will stands a volunteer for the job.

Mar 232021

Every voter-registration campaign produces a less competent electorate; indeed, that is its aim.

Mar 222021

To destroy a man’s property is to nullify that part of his life devoted to its creation or acquisition. It is to kill him, insensibly and by degrees.

Mar 122021

The difference between English and American governance is that everyone knows the Queen is a figurehead.

Feb 252021

I would far rather be ruled by the football team than the computer club, let alone the debate team, student government, or model U.N.