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Fichte, Erdogan, Obama

Some gloomy reflections on the presidential ­conscience.

Jan 13, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 17 • By EDWARD ALEXANDER
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Will Obama feel the resonance of Fichte’s words about “a state within a state” now that they come from his friend’s mouth, and right alongside words including America itself? Erdogan included, in addition to “the interest-rate lobby,” our ambassador to Turkey and unspecified journalists and financiers among the conspirators against his government. Obama has had a much more expensive education than Erdogan, and may even be familiar with Fichte’s notorious words and their lethal history. Will they stir his conscience?

Edward Alexander’s most recent book is The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal (Transaction Publishers, 2012).

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