To understand history clearly we have to see our own political opinions for what they are. Although we like to think of them as ‘ours’, they are not really our thoughts at all, in the sense that property is ours. We share them; they are communal.
Political opinions that are not shared are not very useful. They put us at odds with our neighbours. Nor can they ever be implemented; a political party of one would be a sorry and impotent thing.
Our politiical opinions, therefore, are not like revelations, and they are not very original. But they come from somewhere and they are about something.
That somewhere and that something is to be found in history, is about history, and in time will make and shape history.