How do you get a right-wing audience to wear masks? It’s not pretty

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The CPAC stage in 2015 (Gage Skidmore)


It’s time to do it again

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Was she a monster or a 19th-century Warren Buffet?

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Hetty Green sits at a table with her fellow tycoons J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie, among others, in this 1905 cartoon (PD)


…Or at least make you feel old

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The Great Pyramid is really, really old (CC 3.0)
  1. Homo Sapiens has existed as a distinct species for about 200,000 years (some scientists would argue that it’s closer to 300,000). We have lived in cities for about 6,000 years (.03% of our history as a species). We have known how to write for 5,000 years (.025%). We have been burning fossil fuels for energy for 200 years (.001% of our history).
  2. The Great Pyramid of Khufu was built around 2560 BCE. More time passed between its construction and the lifetime of the last pharaoh, Cleopatra (69–30 BCE), than has passed between the death of Cleopatra and your lifetime.
  3. The…


Thanks, Ben Franklin.

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Photo by Matt Ragland on Unsplash


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Rush Limbaugh in 2019. Photo by Gage Skidmore


Are schools job trainers, day cares, sorting mechanisms, or communities?

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Photo by kyo azuma on Unsplash


Ancient wisdom to stabilize your life and your society

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A statue of Confucius in Nanjing (CC 3.0)


Did ancient thinkers believe we should use anger or avoid it?

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Mask from the Baths of Diocletian (CC 4.0)


Or did they set the stage for our worst problems?

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Bill Clinton’s cat, Socks, addresses the American public (PD)

George Dillard

Illuminating forgotten corners of history and using them to think about the present. Shorter entries at www.worldhistoryfacts.com. Write me: whfacts at gmail.

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