This came up tonight, with a visitor who is here for a couple of months – Mika from Finland. He reminded me that Alexandre Kojève – famous for his lectures on Hegel in 1930s Paris and for being one of the architects of the European Common Market – was a KGB agent.

Although I have little sympathy with Kojève’s politics, even his ironic Stalinism, I had a moment of longing. I wish I could have been a KGB agent. Actually, it is still possible, for the KGB continues to exist – in Belarus!