Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Authoritarian versus Totalitarian

Ah, a distinction without a difference!

Reagan’s first UN Ambassador, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, made this spurious distinction. In effect, one bunch of dictators was fine because they killed peasant organisers, trade unionists and anyone who stood between big landowners/transnational corporations and their profits. Other regimes- whether they held elections or not -(the Sandinistas won what international observers regarded as fair elections in 1984) were to be condemned because US companies and local rich bastard collaborators couldn’t make a killing…

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