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posted 15 October 2002 01:54 AM      Profile for MJ     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just read an interesting column by one of the few overtly leftist political columnists in the US, Ted Rall. Also one of the few unrelenting critics of Bush Jr. I'm not by any means an expert on the theories of Trotsky, but he makes a persuasive rhetorical case. Any thoughts, anyone?


By Ted Rall

The Real Link Between Bush and Hitler

NEW YORK--Herta Daeubler-Gmelin got it half-right when she compared George W. Bush's tactics to Adolf Hitler's. "Bush wants to divert attention from his domestic problems," she told Schwaebisches Tagblatt on Sept. 18. "It's a classic tactic. It's one that Hitler also used."

Shortly after Ms. Daeubler-Gmelin made her remarks, Bush flung his long knives across the Atlantic, and within days she was no longer Germany's justice minister.

Such sovereignty-busting gangsterism has its pleasures, but Bush's biggest cribbing from the Hitler playbook is "permanent revolution." Developed by socialist theorist Leon Trotsky in 1915 and applied by such totalitarian masters of control as Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung, permanent revolution is the pinnacle of the art of mass distraction--one continually changes the subject of debate by striving for new goals that are always just beyond reach. The idea is diabolically simple: by the time people start grumbling about the problems created by your Great Leap Forward, you're causing new difficulties with your Cultural Revolution. Opposition takes time to materialize; taking the nation from one crisis to the next neutralizes your enemies by focusing them against initiatives you've already abandoned.

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posted 16 October 2002 03:55 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It helps to have an agenda already prepared, independent of the crises and pseudo-crises in the foreground. It also helps to have an audience already mind-numbed with one crisis after another, who have no memory before last week's headlines, no logic past 2+2= whatever the boss says it should, and the attention-span of fleas.
Another point of similarity.

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