Thursday, November 08, 2007


"That comfortable liberal world was like a great tree with the trunk already sawed through but still standing with all the leaves quietly rustling, and with us dozing in its shade. We were inexpressibly surprised when it fell and half crushed us; some are talking of setting it up again safely on its severed roots.... The shell of Christendom has been broken, and the new spirit, that of an emancipated, atheistic, international democracy, is dragging us to an industrial socialist future."

-- George Santayana, Winds of Doctrine (1926)

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