Why no amount of well-meaning activism can turn the tide of history

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Imagine you’re sitting outside a café on a pleasant street in Roma in October 1922. Benito Mussolini has just seized power. Or you’re drinking in a bierkeller in München in late 1933. As a thoughtful and well-informed person you’re naturally disturbed by what you see around you, but as a decent person you also hope that what you’re seeing is a temporary aberration. Surely people…