First of all, we haven’t always welcomed immigrants.
I would say I’m a 19th-century liberal, possibly even an 18th-century one.
Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.
Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.
I think the rise of quantitative econometrics and a highly mathematical approach to risk management was the obverse of a decline in interest in financial history.
It’s all very well for us to sit here in the West with our high incomes and cushy lives, and say it’s immoral to violate the sovereignty of another state. But if the effect of that is to bring people in that country economic and political freedom, to raise their standard of living, to increase their life expectancy, then don’t rule it out.
Partial truths or half-truths are often more insidious than total falsehoods.
We historians are increasingly using experimental psychology to understand the way we act. It is becoming very clear that our ability to evaluate risk is hedged by all sorts of cognitive biases. It’s a miracle that we get anything right.
I might be writing what people expect me to write, writing from that place where I might be ruled by economic considerations. To overcome that, I started working with my dreams, because I’m not so censored when I use dream material.
Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.