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In perspective: Superlativism

As the mid-term elections near, Jon Meacham cautions against what he calls "superlativism," the condition of believing that everything that happens to us in our time is the "most" this or the "worst" that. To fall victim to this condition is to foreclose the possibility that we might learn from the past.
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