So many great nobles, things, administrations, So many high chieftains, so many brave nations, So many proud princes, and power so splendid, In a moment, a twinkling, all utterly ended.
- Jacopone, Italian Religious Poet (c. 1230-1306)
I think Perry Farrell said it best when he sang . . .
“Some people should die… that’s just unconscious knowledge.”
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It has often been said that the British acquired their empire in a fit of absent mindedness, as consequence of automatic trends, yielding to what seemed possible and what was tempting, rather than as a result of deliberate policy. If this is true, then the road to hell may just as well be paved with no intentions as with the proverbial good ones.
“The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Hannah Arendt, 1951