Fascism in Ten Easy Steps

February 12, 2008 at 12:41 am (U.S. Domestic Policy, Uncategorized)

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In The End of America, Naomi Wolf lists the ten steps that have historically preceded the “fascist shift” that occured in Nazi Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, and that is occuring in our land in the present day:

1. Invoke an External and Internal Threat

2. Establish Secret Prisons

3. Develop a Paramilitary Force

4. Surveil Ordinary Citizens

5. Infiltrate Citizens’ Groups

6. Arbitrarily Detain and Release Citizens

7. Target Key Individuals

8. Restrict the Press

9. Cast Criticism as “Espionage” and Dissent as “Treason”

10. Subvert the Rule of Law

Are you shuddering yet?

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