Robert E. Sullivan


On his book Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power

Cover Interview of January 28, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Lord Macaulay was an emotionally myopic genius imbued with the sensibility of power”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Like every successful imperialist, Macaulay possessed a myopic emotional sensibility: a highly selective, narrow—even exclusive—awareness of other human beings.”

On the second:

“Lord Macaulay dared to write and say publicly what many other respectable people in Europe and North America had previously dared only think or whisper. He was a cool realist, who understood that political power depends on violence or the threat of violence, inferred that in politics might and right are much the same thing.”