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World War I

As the Owl of Minerva Prepares for Its Regularly Scheduled Flight…

…here’s John Maynard Keynes’s recollection of the moment of an earlier strigine departure: “What an extraordinary episode in the economic progress of man that age was which came to an end in August, 1914! The greater part of the population, it is true, worked hard and lived at a low standard of comfort, yet were, to all appearances, reasonably contented with this lot. But escape was possible, for any man of capacity or character at all exceeding the average, into the middle and upper classes, for whom life offered, at a low cost and with the least trouble, conveniences, comforts, Read more