To choose a side of history is to excuse implicitly the atrocities committed in its name.
The obscurest epoch is today.
Atrocity, A Natural History
1. It didn’t happen.
2. It was much smaller than you think.
3. It was entirely justified.
4. What we need is more such atrocities.
The map used not to be the territory: to make it so has been the great modern project.
There is a great deal of ruin in a nation, and eventually it finds out how much.
In less than two centuries communism has established itself as the apex predator on civilization, a killing machine: one admires it as one admires a hardy but lethal virus, or the great white shark.
At the beginning of civilization we hate and fear the alien; at its height we study and attempt to understand him; and in its dotage we accept and support him, and at the end prefer him to our own.
America Pays for Everything: A Brief History of the 20th Century
The keyboard warrior is sure that, in 1930s Germany, he would have fought for the resistance and not the Party, as the believer in reincarnation is sure that, in a past life in ancient Rome, she was the emperor’s favorite concubine.
Fascism has often been popular. Communism has never been popular.
The obscure artist awaits the verdict of posterity, unable to compete with the living, expecting to compete with the dead.