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Quote of the day

by on September 28, 2022

Power is the collective will of the masses transferred to rulers selected by open or tacit consent

– Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

This, combined with Tolsoy’s statement, “modern history is like a deaf man answering a question nobody has asked,” are great insights as Tolstoy tries to figure out why Napoleon was one minute a genius, and the next a fool, and why hundreds of thousands of people followed, and then in the next moment condemned Napoleon. It isn’t merely about Napoleon; these are great, constant thoughts about power and history.
(Tolstoy goes on to question his statement about what power is)

The battle of Borodino

From → On the Dole

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