What Is History? Part 17

Satan knew what he was doing when he aided and abetted the fall in the Garden.   —Robert M. Peters

As we consider the world’s rulers, one question overshadows all others: are they fools or charlatans? . . . I lean toward the view that they are both.   —Robert Higgs

It must be noted to that it was not only to the working classes that the industrial revolution brought suffering.  The entrepreneurs had their troubles too.   —J.D. Mackie

All deprivation is relative . . .  —J.D. Mackie

The degree of human stupidity is truly immeasurable. . . . —“Ilya Pavlovich”

Mark my words, those Social Security numbers will follow you from cradle to grave.   —Alf Landon, 1936

A main aim of globalization was to dislodge particular loyalties and patterns of life and replace them with . . . a financial system in which the consequences of economic actions were difficult to discern.  —Patrick J. Deneen

. . . what market capitalism excels at producing: short-term thinking.   —Patrick J. Deneen

In the history of the world there are only two or three stories, which keep recurring forever.  —Willa Cather

Power is always stealing from the many to the few.  —Duff Green

And now the U.S., like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World.  How sad.  Where now is our last best hope on earth?  —Peter Hitchens

All political lives end in failure.  —Enoch Powell

Very few men who have helped determine the direction of society are remembered in their true character . . .  Every great statesman must necessarily fail.  Only the politician succeeds.  The very material of great statecraft precludes success.  It is creative.  Its ideologies propose for society ideal patterns of conduct.  The stubborn imperfectibility of man foretells the failure, but without these patterns there would be no civilization.  —Andrew Lytle, “John C. Calhoun”

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