"Here in Vienna one's blood gets no chance to stagnate. The atmosphere is brimful of political electricity. All conversation is political; every man is a battery, with brushes over-worn, and gives out blue sparks when you set him going on the common topic. Everybody has an opinion, and lets you have it frank and hot, and out of this multitude of counsel you get merely confusion and despair. For no one really understands this political situation, or can tell you what is going to be the outcome of it."Does it sound familiar and really contemporary to you? Well, it was written in 1897 by Mark Twain in his: "Stirring times in Austria". This article first appeared in Harper's New Monthly Magazine in March, 1898 . Nothing new under the sun.