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Old 16 August 2010, 01:55 AM
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"You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you. We’ll so weaken your economy until you’ll fall like overripe fruit into our hands." -- Nikita Khrushchev
I believe the original form was less direct (i.e., it was said about Americans, not to Americans): "We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialsm, until they suddenly awake to find they have communism."

As noted in Morris Kominsky's The Hoaxers, this chestnut has been kicking around since soon after Khrushchev's 1959 visit to the U.S. (for example, Strom Thurmond used it in a U.S. Senate speech in July 1961), but in all that time nobody's been able to definitively track it back to Khrushchev himself (or anyone else).
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