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Hidden Power by Charles Derber

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INTRODUCTIONWHO REALLY RULES AMERICA

In the 1980s comic film, Moscow on the Hudson, a visiting Russian defects to America while touring with his Soviet group in a Manhattan Bloomingdale’s. The Russian, played by Robin Williams, rejoices in his newfound freedom. But as he learns about his new country, he gets confused. He’s free to shop at Bloomingdale’s but he can’t afford it. He appreciates that Americans are free to vote in their leaders, but he can’t tell the “bad guys” from the good guys. In the Soviet Union, at least you knew who the “bad guys” were and you had no doubt that they ran the country. 1

A friend of mine who immigrated from Eastern Europe tells me he feels a bit like Williams. In the Soviet era, everyone in the Eastern Bloc knew ...

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