Sunday, June 02, 2019

Thought for the Coming Week and Beyond

In the old Soviet Union, where the commissars would routinely rewrite and rearrange history to fit their political needs, there was a saying: In Russia, it is impossible to predict the past. In Israel, at the time of hyperinflation some years ago, it was said: In Israel, it was impossible to predict the present. Well, in the normal, bourgeois, middle-class, democratic West, one should say, when confronted with the apocalypse du jour: Here it is impossible to predict the future. So when confronted with a national riot of dread: Keep your head.

- From Charles Krauthammer's commencement address at McGill University, June 14, 1993

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