The Monstrous Enormous Whole
Brian E. Denton
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Since reading War and Peace at age 21, I have remembered Nikolai’s love for the Emperor; but I have needed somewhat more life experience (in the three decades since then) to see what evil such love can educe. I think now of Trump devotees at the rallies. To show their own devotion to their leader, supporters of the Turkish president wrap themselves in burial shrouds. Cosmopolitanism may be an *alternative*; but an antidote? How can it be administered, if the patient is not interested? Perhaps this is where reading books like War and Peace when young can be beneficial.

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