History repeats first as tragedy then as farce this book is the source of one of marxs most quoted statements that history repeats itself the first as tragedy then as farce referring respectively to napoleon i and to his nephew louis napoleon napoleon iii. First as tragedy then as farce is a call for the left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation the time for liberal moralistic blackmail is over the time for liberal moralistic blackmail is over. The sub title first as tragedy then as farce comes from karl marx description of history repeating itself half century after the film was released us citizens are again being instructed to fear the russian menace. First as tragedy then as farce is my favorite work yet by iek despite its many passages being recycled in later works there is a clarity here which moved me the specific grasp was ieks viewing the newly inaugurated president obama
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