October 14, 2010


The circus factions were not political parties; today’s political parties are circus factions.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 331


  1. The original Spanish is:

    Las facciones del circo no fueron partidos políticos; los partidos políticos de hoy son facciones de circo.

  2. I assume (but am not completely certain) that this aphorism refers to the regular clashes between the Blues and Greens in Constantinople, whose riots were instigated by a mixture of rivalry in the Hippodrome and Byzantine politics.