The aphorist strives for the shock of recognition, the moment it dawns on the reader that, yes, that is just what other people are like.
The good cause that leads to bad outcomes may not be all that good a cause.
A very few rigorous social processes — scientific method, trial by jury — converge on truth reliably. Argument is not among them.
Valid, complete arguments are known as proofs. The rest is philosophy.
The ideologue is at his most ideological when assuring you that the matter in question is beyond ideology.
Intelligence, n. The ability to make more elaborate errors, with more plausible justifications.
The danger of writing to a schedule is sloppy, repetitive, inflated work; the danger of not writing to a schedule is no work.
Merit is only achievement, and meritocracy only mandarinism.
Civilization is not a cure for barbarism; it is a respite from barbarism, to be enjoyed while it lasts.
It is astonishing what a lab coat will let you get away with.