Ruling – Page 9 – 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?

Jul 222021

One never sees extremely powerful men decide, in midlife, that they have accumulated enough power, and devote the rest of their years to giving it away.

Jul 202021

Ants can be deterred from crossing a boundary by outlining it with chalk: this is respectable opinion. On ants it works only for a while.

Jul 062021

An underclass is what you get when stupid people practice modern mores.

Jul 022021

If you rebel against the powers that be, and win, assuming power, it is necessary, to continue your program of rebellion, to pretend to remain out of power; and this is in fact what we observe.

Jun 252021

Every place becomes less attractive when it stops excluding the riff-raff, and in a democracy not excluding the riff-raff is a bedrock principle.

Jun 242021

Most laws, and indeed most rules, exist to remind you who’s in charge.

Jun 142021

The Fundamental Law of Fashion states that what becomes popular must be abandoned: thus the government and press must be trusted, now that everyone distrusts them.