There are, as you may have discovered, enthusiasts who appear to believe that most (if not all) important knowledge about politics can be found between the covers of a single book--or at least in the works of one author. If you study my man X deeply enough, your enthusiast will say, you will find that he tells you everything. Your enthusiast's oracle is very likely some great name: Plato, perhaps, or Aristotle, or Machiavelli, or Marx. But for that matter, the oracle might turn out to be some ex-sportswriter, now political pundit. I am reasonably sure that this is false, and a vain hope. It is a melancholy fact that no one has ever been wise enough to contribute more than a small fraction of what is known about politics. That, at least, is what I believe.
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