Why, despite what you may believe, the answer is invariably “no”

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It’s a common parlor game (even for those who don’t have parlors): if you could be alive back in 1936, would you kill Hitler? If you’ve ever opened a history book you can play the same game with a bit of variety by asking if you’d have killed Lenin back in 1916 when he was still easily found most days sitting in a Viennese tea room. Would you have killed Mao…