Historical Repetitions

If the novelist CS Forester wrote accurately in one of the Hornblower novels I read recently, some of the propaganda used by Napoleon was quite similar to what we see today.  It was pointed out that Russian Czar Nicholas was a “successor to Genghis Khan”, even while Nicholas and the Khan were likely just about opposite characters in temperament and disposition.

And today, the American press constantly harps on whatever connections there may have been between Putin, the KGB, and various Communist personalities and institutions.  Putin carried the March 18, 2018 Presidential election with 76.69% of the vote, and the Communist Party candidate, Pavel Grudinin (“a farm magnate”), received the second greatest number of votes at 11.77%.  Not very close.  I note there were 8 political parties represented in the election.  Sounds more open and free than the stale duopoly we have here in Exceptional Land, doesn’t it?

Lastly today, I have this interesting quote for you from our own Alexander Hamilton:

When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits—despotic in his ordinary demeanour—known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty—when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity—to join in the cry of danger to liberty—to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion—to flatter and fall in with all the non sense of the zealots of the day—It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may ‘ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.

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