Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
One layer was certainly 17th century. The 18th century in him is obvious. There was the 19th century, and a large slice, of course, of the 20th century; and another, curious layer which may possibly have been the 21st.
Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great.
I just love Chinese food. My favourite dish is number 27.
I think the British have the distinction above all other nations of being able to put new wine into old bottles without bursting them.