• No civilization, no matter how mighty it may appear to itself, is indestructible

    Niall Ferguson
  • The real social contract, (Edmund Burke) argued, was not Rousseau's social contract between the noble savage and the General Will, but a "partnership" between the present generation and future generations

    Niall Ferguson
  • After 1968 the restored communist regime required all Czech rock musicians to sit a written exam in Marxism Leninism

    Niall Ferguson
  • The bacteriologist, often risking his life to find cures for lethal afflictions, was another kind of imperial hero, as brave in his way as the soldier-explorer

    Niall Ferguson
  • Institutions or products of culture. But they formalize a set of norms

    Niall Ferguson
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