The inevitability of republicanism as the answer to infinite governmental woes seemed clear. Yet the belief that the world abhors an ideological vacuum was mistaken.
Europeans came to believe everything beautiful emanated from the Caucasus. The journey of their swarthy Mediterranean forebears was transformed into a caricature of the white marble statues they left behind.
The chances of another cycle of optimism, overconfidence, hubris, panic and a long period of pessimism are high.
As the debate over global warming gets vicious yet again, climate expert David Victor explains the real unknowns and real solutions.