Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Feb 272018
 

Professing communism never saved a kulak, and professing Nazism never saved a Jew. Only the religious fanatics are that sporting.

Feb 062018
 

At the beginning you go to the gulag for criticizing Stalin; toward the end for being first, when his name is mentioned, to stop applauding.

Feb 052018
 

It is the lies we tell about history that we are most apt to remember.

Jan 042018
 

It is humble to side with science, and abject to side with history.

Dec 272017
 

History is best read with a grand theory in mind. It will surely be false, but facts and incidents will cling to it like lint.

Nov 082017
 

Civilization creates leisure, leisure promotes folly, and folly ends civilization.