What’s ours … ?

Every age has its peculiar folly; some scheme, project, or phantasy into which it plunges, spurred on either by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the mere force of imitation. Failing in these, it has some madness, to which it is goaded by political or religious causes, or both combined.

Charles MacKay, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, London 1852.

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