Sussex Helga Harrison: It’s a pity Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace should have the reputation of being ‘unreadable’. For those who can remain unfazed by the names in the first pages it must be one of the greatest page-turners. A slow reader who could barely get through Gone with the Wind, I have read War and Peace three times and I know I won’t resist a fourth reading before I die. Those of us especially who were alive during the last war will find it more immediate and involving than any history or newsreel.
New York Gene Tinelli: The spate of fearmongering from populist politicians in America and Europe is an old political strategy. The writer H.L. Mencken put it succinctly almost a century ago: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety), by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
Same or different?
Oregon Joseph Frazier: I was relieved to read that only about 6-8% of the American electorate—roughly equal to the proportion who think the moon landings were faked—really support Donald Trump. Can I assume we are talking about the same 6-8%?
When to stop
Derbyshire Roland Blankenstein: When in January does one stop wishing people Happy New Year?
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