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  • Tragedy returns as a farce

    Tragedy returns as a farce

    In his 1852 critique of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, Karl Marx begins by citing the Hegelian remark that “all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Whatever one might think of that opinion, it would surely be uncontroversial to argue …

    May 31, 2018