... that arrived in my inbox today was the following, from a former colleague and journalist who often irritates the hell out of me because of his indiscriminate email distribution of what I view as paranoid, hysterical conspiracy-mongering from the left. Sometimes I delete his messages without reading them. Today I opened the email and read this:
"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
"The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based
community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge
from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured
something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off.
'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're
an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're
studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again,
creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things
will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be
left to just study what we do.' "
--"Without a Doubt," by Ron Susskind (or Suskind, when you spell it correctly), NY Times Magazine 10/17/04
Pass it along... Maybe people will wake up.
That's the note. "Reality-based community." To indulge in what might sound paranoid and hysterical, it smells like something from people who think they're building their own version of the Reich -- enlightened, based on their interpretation of liberty and pursuit of all the best principles. And they'd love it if people just stood by and watched them do it.