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“Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.” Part Two

September 22, 2016

Here’s a quotation from an insightful book on world history: ”This was a classic example of a weapon _______ was to use increasingly: exaggerating and distorting the view of his opponents, and applying crude labels to them, as though from a position of unique and guaranteed rectitude.”

Feel free to fill in the blank above, with the name of one of the two contenders in this contentious 2016 presidential campaign. This being a non-partisan blog, I leave it to you to figure out whose name—Trump’s or Clinton’s—fits best.

I swear, I don’t know myself whose it should be. In the quotation, however (taken from Geoffrey Hosking’s admirable work on the history of the Soviet Union from within, “The First Socialist Society”) the name is Josef Stalin. Like Hitler, he rose to power within an established, somewhat democratic system.

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  1. September 23, 2016 3:18 pm

    My friend, what is this about? Let’s talk …………….

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