Any man who was not a Whig a hundred fifty years ago had no heart, and any man who is one today has no brains.
The obscurest epoch is today.
Institutions are never repaired, only replaced.
Things were so much better when you were.
What has disappeared, with the decline of formal religion, is not religion but formality.
Privacy was ephemeral, almost accidental, springing up here and there in that fleeting century between poverty and universal surveillance.
No political ideology, according to its advocates, has ever really been tried.
To choose a side of history is to excuse implicitly the atrocities committed in its name.
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.