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"La pensée unique" can perhaps be translated by "one-way thinking", or "one-track thinking". Add "European" or "un-" or "non-" as wished.

The expression is of course used by the right to designate redistributive social policies, the "one-track thinking" of the left. SOP - if the enemy has a strong point, turn it upside down and use it.

This is the origin of the term:

La pensée unique, par Ignacio Ramonet (Le Monde diplomatique) - 1995

Qu'est-ce que la pensée unique ? La traduction en termes idéologiques à prétention universelle des intérêts d'un ensemble de forces économiques, celles, en particulier, du capital international. Elle a été, pour ainsi dire, formulée et définie dès 1944, à l'occasion des accords de Bretton-Woods. Ses sources principales sont les grandes institutions économiques et monétaires - Banque mondiale, Fonds monétaire international, Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, Accord général sur les tarifs douaniers et le commerce, Commission européenne, Banque de France, etc. - qui, par leur financement, enrôlent au service de leurs idées, à travers toute la planète, de nombreux centres de recherches, des universités, des fondations, lesquels, à leur tour, affinent et répandent la bonne parole.

What is the one-track way of thinking? The translation into would-be universal ideological terms of the interests of a set of economic forces, in particular those of international capital. It was, so to speak, formulated and defined in 1944 with the Bretton Woods agreement. Its main sources are the big economic and monetary institutions - World Bank, IMF, OECD, GATT [now WTO], the European Commission, Banque de France, etc - which, by their funding, enroll to serve their ideas, across the planet, numbers of think tanks, universities, foundations, which, in their turn, hone and spread the word.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Dec 8th, 2010 at 02:08:06 AM EST

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