Breaking Atoms

For bedroom demagogues and armchair fans.
Unlike the age of the proud segregationist, the contemporary creed of racial progress has resulted in an entirely dishonest state of affairs—one in which any action, no matter how clearly racial in intent or outcome, is followed by a declaration of innocence and a résumé of racial goodwill.
The corpses of Mussolini and other Italian Fascists, hanging from the roof of an Esso petrol station in Milan, 1945

The corpses of Mussolini and other Italian Fascists, hanging from the roof of an Esso petrol station in Milan, 1945

As the team made its way to the Stade de France on the day of the final, the magnitude of the event began to hit the players. “œOne image has stayed with me above all,” says Zidane. “What surprised me was the number of people in the street. There must have been hundreds of thousands lining the road.
“I was right at the back of the bus, in the middle of the back row, and I turned round and there must have been 500 motorbikes following us. It was incredible, really incredible. That’s the image I have and it gives me immense encouragement, because these moments are unique. When you experience them, even only once in a lifetime, you tell yourself that life has been worth living.”
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.

— Sydney J. Harris, Strictly Personal (1953)