Seventy-three years ago, the First World War ended in Europe. The armistice took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month: a symbolic acknowledgement that European civilization had come close to irreversible ruin.
“Ideas rule the world and its events. Whatever men say, material interests never have caused, and never will cause a revolution.“
From the days of the Puritans to the age of Ronald Reagan, a sense of uniqueness and of destiny has infused the American character.