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Ideas that add up #231

Henry Kissinger rings him in 1972 and says: Robert, I need your help. And calls him out to Palm Springs where they stand on the 18th tee of the golf course, and he says: we’re standing here because everything is … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #225

Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #193

Why are so many of these states falling apart now and generating great floods of refugees? What internal flaws or unsustainable outside pressures do they have in common? Most of them achieved self-determination when imperial powers withdrew after the Second … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #172

The Czechs, whose immediate postwar reaction is illustrated in first-hand accounts of sickening detail, had in the words of a teenager imprisoned by the Nazis, “gone crazy”….Children buried their murdered parents. Some went feral in the woods, dogs set on … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #163

When I asked a Finnish historian whether Finns were ashamed of having fought alongside Hitler, he asked me whether Britons were ashamed of having fought alongside Stalin. Touché, I thought.  Simon Kuper, FT Magazine, May 2nd, 2015 Yeah. ‘Nuff said.

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Ideas that add up #114

It was the threat of mutinies and revolution that compelled Ludendorff to call for an armistice in 1918. His fear was that the German Army would collapse and that retreating soldiers might then ‘carry the revolution into Germany’. Once Ludendorff … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #102

Nowadays the notions of professional honour and family honour and personal honour, by which Herr von Trotta lived, seemed nothing more than the final residue of implausible and childish tales. But back then an Austrian district commissioner of the stamp … Continue reading

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