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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

You're free if I say so

The Nation | Column | Can Democracy Survive Bush's Embrace? | Naomi Klein: "…Bush definition of liberation robs democratic forces of their most potent tools. The only idea that has ever stood up to kings, tyrants and mullahs in the Middle East is the promise of economic justice, brought about through nationalist and socialist policies of agrarian reform and state control over oil. But there is no room for such ideas in the Bush narrative, in which free people are only free to choose so-called free trade. That leaves secularists with little to offer but empty talk of 'human rights'--a weedy weapon against the powerful swords of ethnic glory and eternal salvation. "

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