We are always seeing interesting analogies between current events and history. The famous quote from George Santayana, that those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it, seems to prove itself true over and over again.
Espionage is an even more important issue in this age of electronic communication. In the past few years we have learned that no government or institution, ally or enemy, is safe from the intelligence services of the United States.
When President Obama asserts that he is certain that Congress will raise the debt ceiling because he cannot imagine that Congress will let the nation default, I get worried. When others echo this mantra, I get downright scared.
In just his most recent few books, Adam Hochschild has examined the scandal of the colonial Congo, the anti-slavery movement in Great Britain, and the fighting of and opposition to what we now call WWI.