Among savages incapable of retaining collectively learned experience, a perpetual infancy results. I can no longer figure out these days whether I’m reading history or current events. [Note to self: If it’s on the Kindle, it’s a history book. If it’s on the web browser on my laptop, it’s currently happening.]
â€œGoebbels spoke again at the Veteranâ€™s Association House. â€˜A fresh heckler was thrown out into the fresh air,â€™ he noted laconically in his diary. â€¦ Somebody had indeed heckled Goebbels during his speech and on a signal from the Gauleiter had been seized by a horde of SA men, brutally manhandled, and thrown down the stairs. A journalist from the Scherl publishing house who was discovered in the hall was subjected to the same treatment. â€¦â€
â€”_Goebbels: A Biography_ by Peter Longerich 2015
Columbus, OH, 21-Nov-15:
â€œThen, when Mr. Trump began talking about surveillance of refugees, the college-age couple standing in front of the students began chanting, â€œHating Muslims helps ISIS.â€ The students were caught off guard, but after a moment of uncertainty, some of them joined in.
â€œMr. Hopkins [a Trump supporter at the rally] leaned over and screamed, â€œShut up!â€
â€œMr. Trump stopped his remarks and looked toward the commotion with disgust. â€œTwo people, two people,â€ he said dismissively of the couple, as the crowd started booing and the people around them began shouting. â€œSo sad,â€ Mr. Trump said. â€œYeah, you can get â€™em the hell out.â€
â€œThe crowd erupted in triumph as the protesters and students turned to leave. â€œGet out of here!â€ Mr. Hopkins shouted, shoving one of the two protesters in the back on his way out.
â€œOne of the high school girls said afterward that as they exited, people in the crowd had asked them, â€œIf you donâ€™t love America, why donâ€™t you just leave?â€ and that a man had told her that if she had not been filming on her phone, he would have slapped her.
â€œShe and another student said they had heard an epithet for black people hurled their way.
â€œAfter Mr. Trump wrapped up his speech and â€œWeâ€™re Not Gonna Take Itâ€ blasted on the speakers, Mr. Hopkins rushed to the stage to get a picture of Mr. Trump.
â€œAsked what he thought of the rally, he said: â€œItâ€™s like a movement! And heâ€™s a man of action.â€
â€œAnd the protesters? â€œVery rude.â€â€
â€”_The Wasington Post_, 25-Nov-15
â€œProgress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.â€
â€”_The Life of Reason_ (1905-06), George Santayana
I need add nothing to all that.