Bertrand Russell knew all about the MAGA threat in 1959

Under the heading "the more things change, the more they stay the same," it can be useful to check in with the great minds of yesteryear for some guidance. It's also a reminder that the threat of Trump is not new and is, in fact, timeless. 

Smarts and wisdom don't necessarily go together, but they did with the great humanist thinker Bertrand Russell. He doesn't seem like a hoot at parties, but there never was anyone wiser. Simple words about tolerance to keep top of mind in an era of MAGA and Fox News and cancel culture. IMHO. Read about him a little — he was waaaay ahead of his time.

From his Message To Future Generations (1959):

INTERVIEWER Suppose Lord Russell, this film were to be looked at by our descendants, like a Dead Sea scroll in a thousand years time, what would you think it's worth telling that generation about the life you've lived and the lessons you've learned from it?

BERTRAND RUSSELL I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral: The intellectual thing, I should want to say to them, is this: When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only "what are the facts, and what is the truth that the facts bear out?" Never let yourself be diverted, either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think could have beneficial social effects, if it were believed. But look only and solely at: "What are the facts?" That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say. The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple. I should say: Love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other. We have to learn to put up with the fact, that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. And if we are to live together and not to die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.

See also: Archive of the incredible mid-1960s magazine, "fact:"