"No army can be compared with the power of an idea whose time has come." French writer Victor Hugo understood that ideas born at a proper time produce ideas shattering the universe, ideas that are doomed to be great. But greatness can be of different nature: great and beautiful, great and ugly, great and scary. A great idea may have all these qualities, thus producing admiration, disgust, or fear. This radio program presents various great ideas.
"Our country – in her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right, and always successful, right or wrong." This famous toast made in 1816 belongs to the hero of the American Navy Stephen Decatur. Usually this sentence is shortened (with some modification): "My country, right or wrong!", and in this way it is used to this day.