Best Paragraph of the Day

110: “If a period of growth is followed by a period of depression, there are two possibilities: either the ruling group will modify its attitudes and behavior, or it will be replaced by another group. The classic formulation of the will be replaced by another group. The  aristocrat, Tancredi, tells an older-generation aristocrat, Fabrizio, ‘we have to change everything in order to keep everything as it is’.”

Burke, Peter. 1974. Venice and Amsterdam, A Study of Seventeenth Century Elites (London: Temple Smith).

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