This image was taken in 1957 by the late French photographer, Marc Riboud. It shows the Forbidden City in Beijing during winter, representative of a dynasty abandoned, itself a ghostly reminder of government nearly 2000 years old.
The year is important. 1957.
Only months later, Chinese autocrat Mao Tse Tung would launch the Great Leap Forward, a plan to 'make China great again'. The Great Leap Forward was a catastrophic failure -- social engineering on a gargantuan scale -- but Mao's catastrophic regime would last another two decades. His enemies were forced to suffer.
The photograph reminds us: in the moment, autocracies are evil wherever they arise except to the elite that control them. In our homeland, the United States, that lesson is a durable one.