Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Triumph of Stupidity, redux

Bertrand Russell wrote The Triumph of Stupidity in 1933.

John Wilkins has lightly edited it to bring it up to date.

Compare and contrast the final lines, and weep.

Remember what happened after 1933, because:
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. 
(George Santayana, 1905)

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