Over at Protein Wisdom, the discussion in the Comments section of this post turned to George Santayana’s famous saying:
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
At one point, Friend In The Ether Sdferr remarked:
Does Santayana mention historical occurrences of a people voluntarily electing into the chief magistracy a man who while posing as a lover of their nation secretly hates their nation and aims all his policy, all his purposes and acts, surreptitiously to undermine and punish that nation in the name of History and vengeance (sorry) justice? That’s the one case we should have studied, if Santayana does cite such a case.
I sure don’t recollect one.
He replied, in the course of two comments:
I don’t think of Caesar hating Rome exactly. Did he? Is it necessary to make that case in order to explain his opportunistic…
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