10.27.2008

Naomi Wolf: The Rise of U.S. Fascism


In The End of America (75 mins), writer Naomi Wolf warns that American democracy is under threat as a result of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years.

Investigating parallels between our current situation and the rise of dictators and fascism in once-free societies, Wolf uncovers a number of deeply unsettling similarities-from the use of paramilitary groups and secret prisons to the targeted suspension of the rule of law.
Ten Steps Towards Fascism
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
What Ms. Wolf doesn't mention is how the fear of immigrants is used to justify the erosion of civil liberties and the implementation of police state tactics.

With this galvanizing call to arms, Ms. Wolf urges Americans to take back our legacy of freedom and justice.