Re: [-empyre-] Do You Still Your Own Reality?
Here is an extract from an extraordinary article by Ron Suskind which
goes to the heart of who exactly George W. Bush is, what he stands for
and what his faith-based convictions and policies means for the rest of
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.''
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