Mitch Daniels

Does History Matter?

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

Politicians love to invoke history. It's fodder for Syria, tax policy, welfare reform and what to do about the environment. The late historian Tony Judt once argued that we suffer from a dangerous illusion, namely "'that we live in a time without precedent . . . and that the past has nothing to teach us''. Sure enough.