Thursday, March 27, 2008

It Could Never Happen Here . . .

"First, the long-standing socialist thinking behind [the] welfare programs, which had in the prior century encouraged [people] to prefer safety to independence and freedom, and to venerate big government; second the demagogic line preaching victimization . . . ; third, the scapegoat of racism" (Bill Greene, "Common Genius," 245).

Who is Bill Greene talking about in this passage? Liberals? The Democratic Party? Obama's pastor Rev. Wright?

While all of those could easily be correct answers, if we replace [the] with "Bismarck's" and [people] with "the Germans", and it should become clearer that he was talking about the groundwork that was laid in Germany for the takeover of Hitler.
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