"Kajsa Ekis Ekman about Madeleine Albrights book – and leadership style"
"How is it that the bourgeois editorialists can always sniff to the ruling class interests, without ever mentioning them by name? It beats the never wrong. The gain in welfare, the Iraq war, the Greek crisis, Russia – in all cases, the bourgeois writers in subjection to what the biggest capitalists and the powerful nations want. "
"But how do they do it? Copy the just from american newspapers, or they have a special intuition?"
"As a marxist, I think it can be difficult to know what those in power really want to, because they themselves are of the same dubbeltänk. When you read their biographies; Hillary Clinton's, for example, is where just about good people versus the terrorists. You may never know if it was the oil, dominoteorin or the gas pipelines, which is actually located behind. It must go to the military tankesmedjors reports to get out."
"Now someone might object that I am conspiratorial and that there is no dubbeltänk: that those in power really only believe in freedom. It's just that in this case they had to invade all kinds of countries, not just where it happened to coincide with the strategic interests."
"”Fascism” is, in other words an updated version of the ”axis of evil”. Putin called a fascist, just like Kim Jong Un and Nicolás Maduro. This carelessness gets its explanation when Albright gives his definition: not ”a particular policy, but rather a way to come to power”. A fascist is, according to her: charismatic, gives people meaning in life, control information and is authoritative. Which would make almost all successful business leaders to the fascists."
"But self-criticism is not the place for this, but Albright is boiling in their desire to create a ”we” with the reader, against Hitler, Stalin, and the dark tendencies of our time. On the way she forgets some uncomfortable facts, such as when she insists on the boycott of south Africa as a way to fight apartheid without mentioning that the united states only imposed the boycott in the end of apartheid the last four years, after having been its most important trading partner and defender in forty years time."
"If the Albrights posture is a symptom of a deeper conflict of interests within the american power elite are difficult to ascertain. That they represent a leadership style is, however, clear. Albright belongs to, along with Obama, the kind of leaders talking nicely but at the same time wage war without scruples."
"Trump belongs, together with Berlusconi, the type who talk far and wide about ”I'll drop all the bombs, mom,” but that does not always come to the shoots. But one should not underestimate any of them. One of the charms us, the other distracts us. Both are extremely dangerous."
"' Fascism – a warning."