UNITED NATIONS: Suverenitet! Suverenitet!

Last week's U.N. story starts, properly, with a bearded, 16th Century Frenchman called Jean Bodin, who believed in witchcraft, numerology, astronomy a"nd national sovereignty.

He began a career as a political pundit when a Master of the Mint declared that prices had not risen in France in three centuries. Bodin answered in a sizzling pamphlet showing that in fact prices were going up & up, and God only knew where they would end. After that, he digressed from economics (publishing a treatise on witchcraft called the Demonomania of Sorcerers), and went on...

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