One Hundred Years of AmbiguityIssue: Spring 2002
Double standards are inspiration to men of letters, but they are apt to be fatal to politicians. . . . Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces. The men become every year more and more creatures of force, massed about central powerhouses. The conflict is no longer between the men, but between the motors that drive the men, and the men tend to succumb to their own motive forces.
-Henry Adams (The Education of Henry Adams, 1905-06, chapter XXVIII)