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How does a nation lose its way? E-mail
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Some of us think that just one man alone can radically change a country, if he’s powerful enough. It was an idea of years ago, this great man theory, offered by a Scotsman in the mid-1800s, in the time of idiot kings and dying monarchies. The Scot’s name was Thomas Carlyle, and he believed that history could be read in the biographies of great men. By great, he didn’t mean virtuous. He meant ruthless. But Carlyle was wrong. Great men (and women) can’t change a nation, even if they are supremely ruthless and cynical. Not in a constitutional republic like ours. read more

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