Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Ten Steps to Fascism

Something to think about anyway. Probably a bit premature but better safe than fascist. I'm certain that the Bushistas want a monarchy, theocracy or dictatorship with themselves at the helm. Republicans are the party that could manage it if anyone could in this country today. They march in lockstep quite effectively. Whereas the Democrats at least for the last few years have been quite efficient at the circular firing squad. This also reminds me of the ten signs of fascism. Anyway from Naomi Wolf here's a Fascist America, in Ten Easy Steps:

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

"..It is a mistake to think that early in a fascist shift you see the profile of barbed wire against the sky. In the early days, things look normal on the surface; peasants were celebrating harvest festivals in Calabria in 1922; people were shopping and going to the movies in Berlin in 1931. Early on, as WH Auden put it, the horror is always elsewhere - while someone is being tortured, children are skating, ships are sailing: "dogs go on with their doggy life ... How everything turns away/ Quite leisurely from the disaster."...

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

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands ... is the definition of tyranny"
--James Madison.

Read the whole thing it's well worth it.

Thanks to Boingboing.



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