Stratfor softening us up for dictatorship?This article from the director of Stratfor, the Texan company exposed by Wikileaks as part of the "intelligence-industrial complex", appeared on the influential center-right (as opposed to batshit crazy TeapubliKKKan) site Real Clear Politics. It basically argues that dictators can be divided into "good" dictators like General Pinochet and some southeast Asian dictators, who dutifully advance the goals of the 1%; and "bad" dictators, like those crazy Muslims with their inconvenient belief that usury is a sin.
I wonder if we're going to see a steady drip of articles like this in the future, followed by lots of pundits questioning whether democracy is really all it's cracked up to be, followed by...?
(Note: although the article doesn't mention Obama, the comments thread is predictably full of wingnuts going "You know what makes someone a dictator? Presidenting while black, that's what", and ignoring the actual content of the article completely.)
supervision, and control. So, yeah. But not dictatorship, "managed democracy", which is to democracy what "managed care" is to health care, i.e. a racket.
This guy, Kaplan is familiar. And forced-marching the peasants into their glorious future as worker-consumers is familiar as a legitimizing argument too, "the White Man's Burden" revised for modern sensibilities.