This socialism will develop in all its phases until it reaches its own extremes and absurdities. Then once again a cry of denial will break from the titanic chest of the revolutionary minority and again a mortal struggle will begin, in which socialism will play the role of contemporary conservatism and will be overwhelmed in the subsequent revolution, as yet unknown to us.
ALEXANDER HERZEN, "Epilogue 1849", From the Other Shore
History is the autobiography of a madman.
ALEXANDER HERZEN, Dr. Krupov