Quote of the Day

In short, I daresay that the basic political lesson taught to us by life under communism is the recognition that the only kind of politics that makes sense is a politics that grows out of the imperative, and the need, to live as everyone ought to live and therefore—to put it somewhat dramatically—to bear responsibility for the entire world. People lucky enough not to have had to live under totalitarianism may never have learned this lesson with the same urgency as those who did.

— Vaclav Havel, “Paying Back the West,” New York Review of Books, September 23, 1999.

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