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Friday, November 30, 2007

The End of America

In her book, "The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot" Naomi Wolf outlines ten steps for turning a Democracy into a Dictatorship.

They are:

  1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
  2. Create a gulag
  3. Develop a thug caste
  4. Set up an internal surveillance system
  5. Harass citizens' groups
  6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
  7. Target key individuals
  8. Control the press
  9. Dissent equals treason
  10. Suspend the rule of law
If you want more definitive descriptions of these steps you may want to check out her original article on the subject publish in the Guardian, Fascist America, in 10 easy steps.

Or you may want to watch this lecture on the subject. It is about 45 minutes long but well worth the consideration.

Naomi Wolf on the end of America

Regardless of if you think of your self as "conservative", "liberal", "progressive" or some other label, you owe it to yourself to consider this material. The only people who won't find it moving and disturbing are fascists and Right Wing Authoritarians.


Michael B. said...

The more things change the more they remain the same!....A Blue Print for Fascism floating through time! Watch your 6!

Doc D said...

Michael is absolutely correct. These steps have always been in existence...none of this is new. I personally believe ,regardless of your party affiliation, whose in the government are becoming more about controlling the people and playing everyone off against each other so we do not notice what is going on . The Founding Fathers of this country were real rennaissance men....worth studying. (They knew these principles were valid then and wanted to take steps to prevent them ).Its equally important for the average citizen to study and know the Constitution and Bill of Rights !!! The first steps are outlined above but along with them is the need to, piece by piece ,invalidate and undermine the Bill of Rights and the valid applicability of the Constitution to our modern lives. Both parties demonize the other and accuss the other of undermining our rights when ,really ,they both are very active in this dance to ultimately strip us of our freedoms and exert irresistable control over the people. Democrat, Republican, Independent...we all need to really learn the heart of what the Founding Fathers put forth and quit letting the parties and politicians guide us into interpreting our rights in "their" favor.Right now , a 7th grader probably knows the Constitution , Bill of Rights and the lives of the Founding Fathers better than most adult citizens. Sorry to rant here !I just think the big parties are tricking us into eroding and signing away our rights and freedoms . I see neither political extreme, liberal or conservative being without guilt! At this rate the American People lose every election each election year ( and we don't even know it)!!!!

Sorry Mustaq, am I being too pessimistic??

With Respect!

Todd said...

We've hit every one of the classic 11 or 14 (depending on the author) steps to fascism from a mystical adoration of the military to crushing organized labor and forming a business-government "partnership". As Sinclair Lewis prophesied back in the day "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross".

We are fucked without even the common courtesy of a reach around.

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