Hope and Fear: Obama into 2014

In the days before the 1905 Russian Revolution, there was great discontent with the Tsar's dictatorship.  The revolution was a "wave of mass political and social unrest that spread through vast areas of the Russian Empire. Some of it was directed against the government, while some was undirected. It included terrorism, worker strikes, peasant unrest, and military mutinies." These cataclysmic changes evoked a number of reactions.  Isaac Leib Peretz, one of the luminaries of Yiddish literature, wrote a small essay entitled "Hope and Fear," wherein he asserted the following. I worry. As victors. You may become the bureaucracy: apportioning to each his morsel, as to inmates in a poorhouse: allotting work, like a sentence of hard labor.  You will destroy that creator of new worlds-the human spirit.  You will fill the purest well of human happiness-initiative-the force that is able to pit one man against thousands.  You will mechanize life.  To improve it,...(Read Full Article)

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