... And what there is to conquer... has already been
Once or twice or several times ...
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost ,
And found and lost again and again.
T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets
Perhaps universal history is the history of a few metaphors.
Jorge Luis Borges, The Fearful Sphere of Pascal
This appears to be a time when Americans are running out of new ideasand perhaps not a moment too soon. Many of these ideas have not worked out very well. In the tooth-and-claw combat of the intellectual...