DICTATORSHIP BY PEN & PROPAGANDA

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Posted on 14th January 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Read Milton Mayer’s account of Germany’s descent into dictatorship and see if you see any parallels with our country today.

 

“To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it — please try to believe me — unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained, or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must someday lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.” 

“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.”

They Thought They Were Free, by Milton Mayer

 

Obama: Has ‘pen and a phone’ to help economy

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)– President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he can take steps to help the economy without the cooperation of Congress. “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen, and — and I’ve got a phone,” Obama said in brief remarks at the start of a Cabinet meeting, The president said he could use the “pen” to take steps to push forward on efforts to create new hubs for manufacturing, making college more affordable and helping the long-term unemployed. He said he would use the phone to talk to nonprofits, businesses, the private sector and universities to improve economic conditions. “So overall, the message to my Cabinet and that will be amplified in our State of the Union is that we need all hands on deck to build on the recovery that we’re already seeing. The economy is improving but it’s in need of improving even faster,” Obama said.

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