The End of History

Source: The Dispatch
by Chris Stirewalt

“History is political because people are political. That’s true in the objective sense. You can’t study the story of the human species without giving heavy consideration to the piteous labors of 10 millennia of trying (and usually failing) to find a happy balance between freedom and order in our lives together. History can and often has gone too far in emphasizing governments and leaders rather than people, but there’s no way to tell the story of us without telling the story of our politics. But it’s also true that history is political in the sense that the way we study and discuss our history shapes and is shaped by the politics of our moment. … When we hear something is ‘unprecedented,’ it usually means the person describing the event doesn’t know history.” (01/16/23)