Thursday, March 19, 2009

Republicans: Whether it's 1919 or Now, They Haven't Changed. A Robert Freeman Must Read!

I heard Mike Malloy read "The US Is Facing a Weimar Moment" by Robert Freeman on his radio show the other night, and wanted to spread the word here. You can find it at for the complete version. Also check out Mike's archived read from Wed. 3/18 about half way into the podcast. It's a free listen, for now.

In early 1919, Germany put in place a new government to begin rebuilding the country after its crushing defeat in World War I. But the right-wing forces that had led the country into the War and lost the War conspired even before it was over to destroy the new government, the "Weimar Republic." They succeeded.

The U.S. faces a similar "Weimar Moment."

The devastating collapse of the economy after eight years of Republican rule has left the leadership, policies, and ideology of the right utterly discredited. But, as was the case with Germany in 1919, Republicans do not intend to allow the new government to succeed. They will do everything they can to undermine it. If they are successful, the U.S. may yet go the way of Weimar Germany.

World War I left Germany utterly devastated. The landed aristocrats, industrial
magnates, wealthy financiers, weapons makers, and the officer corps of the military that formed the locus of right wing power were completely discredited.
Their failure in provoking and prosecuting the War was catastrophic, undeniable,
and complete.

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