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Revolutionary Power

Economist Paul Krugman's wakeup-call to mainstream America that the Bush administration are fascists who don't play by the rules. Link to more information and Krugman's advice to journalists.
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Paul Krugman, a Princeton economist, was offered a gig to write an opinion column in the New York Times qin 1999. In the Introduction of his book, "The Great Unraveling" he shares his personal revelation with mainstream America that Bush is basically a fascist.

Krugman references Henry Kissinger's 1957 doctoral dissertation. Having the experience of critiquing the Bush administration in detail for several years, Krugman read a passage in Kissinger's dissertation "that sent chills down [his] spine, because they seemed all too relevant to current events." The passage describes how the general population responds to a "revolutionary power" that is taking over "a heretofore stable diplomatic system":

Kissinger wrote, "Lulled by a period of stability which had seemed permanent, they find it nearly impossible to take at face value the assertion of the revolutionary power that it means to smash the existing framework. The defenders of the status quo therefore tend to begin by treating the revolutionary power as if its protestations were merely tactical; as if it really accepted the existing legitimacy but overstated its case for bargaining purposes; as if it were motivated by specific grievances to be assuaged by limited concessions. Those who warn against the danger in time are considered alarmist; those who counsel adaptation to circumstances are considered balanced and sane…. But it is the essence of a revolutionary power that it possesses the courage of its convictions, that it is willing, indeed eager, to push its principles to their ultimate conclusion."

For more information, and Krugman's 5-point advice to journalists, SEE: Revolutionary Power
 
 

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