As the Western rose and fell, so too America.
The obscurest epoch is today.
Sane people throw themselves into politics only when the state has made normal life impossible, and by then it is too late.
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.
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.