On living through apocalyptic times, and what comes next.

“What we call the beginning is often the end, and to make an end is the beginning. The end is where we start from.”

T.S. Eliot

Unraveling a web of dark money

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“Wherever you live in the world, you’ve been robbed. Not by a hidden bandit, but a global kleptocracy: the super-rich who’ve managed to rob the poor blind in every corner of the globe for the past seven decades.” — Michelle Chen

The many faces and farces of Putin’s most notorious political operative.

His tentacles, the web into which he has woven today’s cultural and political world in Russia, affect everyone in one way or another. Few people have such an active, powerful, and strange influence on the present-day context.
— from Vladislav Surkov: Spin Doctor of All Russia

Putin’s past and Russia’s future

Photo by Sergei Gunayev/TIME & LIFE Images via Getty

History has proven that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government, are transient.

— Vladimir Putin (1999)

“I’ll make no bargain with the Nazis.”

Sophie Scholl with her brother Hans and their friend and collaborator Christoph Probst in January 1943

“We have nothing to lose except everything. So let’s go ahead. This is the wager of our generation.”

— Albert Camus, “Resistance, Rebellion and Death”

A Road Trip Through the Scottish Highlands

The History and Mystery of Subterranean Edinburgh

Whitney Milam

Lover of history, literature, democracy. whitneymilam.com

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