Monday, February 10, 2014

Extract from Wendell Potter's book 'Deadly Spin'

Another great example of us not learning from the past. Aivars Lode

As mentioned, this is what Otto von Bismarck, founder of the German Empire and known as the 'Iron Chancellor' foresaw and hence realized:

“The irony of detractors calling national healthcare ‘socialist’ must certainly have Bismarck spinning in his grave. It is no paradox that he and those who followed his footsteps established European health systems as extremely conservative antisocialists – they were catering to the working classes as leverage against their joining true socialist and labor movements of the day. Strong conservative governments in Europe called this “turning benevolence into power” – a strategy generally credited with creating the social welfare measures that actually kept Communism from becoming a dominant force."