August 5, 2003 by AK

“Brevity is the sister of talent.” — Anton Chekhov.

“Brevity is the sister of fascism.” — Vladimir Dmitrenko, a “tender and impressionable young man, a studend, web designer and decadent”, and a “Eurasianist” at that. The Russian Journal published an ICQ interview with the guy, to which I link only because I like that maxim.

Totalitarian ideologies not only explain the world, but simplify it to the utmost. No wonder they can afford brevity. A simple, ready-made picture of reality offers an ordinary person firm ground to stand on amid a confusing complexity of modern society.


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