The First Time As AIDS, The Second As Monkeypox
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In Karl Marx’s funniest book, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, he famously observes regarding the careers of Napoleon I and Napoleon III:

Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.

A friend remarks, “All great, world-historical gay epidemics occur twice: the first time as AIDS, the second as monkeypox.”
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