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A Web of Intertwined Influences – “Democracy, an American novel” – Henry Adams

July 16th, 2011 · No Comments · Political Communication, Politics, Power, US Politics

To keep himself in the background, and to fling over the head of the raw Chief Magistrate a web of intertwined influences, any one of which alone would be useless, but which taken together were not to be broken through; to revive the lost art of the Roman retiarius, who from a safe distance threw his net over his adversary, before attacking with the dagger; this was Ratcliffe’s intention and towards this he had been directing all his manipulation for weeks past.

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