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For the People, In Spite of the People – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 30th, 2012 · No Comments · Democracy, Elitism, Political Communication, Politics

Yet guardians of the old order could honestly say that in their elitism, in their insistence that an “enlightened” vanguard should rule on behalf of the ignorant masses, they were in fact embracing an essential feature of Atatürk’s ideology. He had, after all, given his political party the slogan “For the People, In Spite of the People.” Popular opinion meant nothing to him, and for generations his successors scorned it as well.

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