Thursday, September 09, 2004

Paul Krugman has a credible theory about how Bush could possibly be ahead in the polls given his dismal economic record, not to mention Iraq, which is "a slow-motion disaster brought on by wishful thinking, cronyism and epic incompetence."
So how does Bush do it? Krugman summarizes "War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning" by Chris Hedges.
War, Mr. Hedges says, plays to some fundamental urges. "Lurking beneath the surface of every society, including ours," he says, "is the passionate yearning for a nationalist cause that exalts us, the kind that war alone is able to deliver." When war psychology takes hold, the public believes, temporarily, in a "mythic reality" in which our nation is purely good, our enemies are purely evil, and anyone who isn't our ally is our enemy.
This state of mind works greatly to the benefit of those in power.

Krugman believes that "To win, the Kerry campaign has to . . . ." You'll have to click here to read the rest of that sentence and the rest of the column.

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