The claim to immediate political impact will not just turn
out to be a bluff: it will also be exposed as the attempt to
liquidate an almost hopeless situation by a series of com-
pletely hopeless maneuvers. In short, it resembles nothing
so much as Baron Münchhausen’s claim that he pulled him-
self out of a swamp by his own hair.
—Walter Benjamin, “Critique of the New Objectivity”