Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fascist America in 10 easy steps

On April 24 of this year The Guardian published an article by Naomi Wolf:
Fascist America, in 10 easy steps. You can read it at:

She identifies these 10 steps to 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
She makes a pretty compelling case that one can turn an open society
into a totalitarian one by formula, and that this formula has been
used through the last century in Italy, Germany, the USSR, Japan,
Latin America, etc.

She argues that Bush and Cheney have taken 9 of the 10 steps here.

In September she published a book on the thesis:
The End of America: A Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
$13.95 List price
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Pub. Date: September 2007
ISBN-13: 9781933392790

Lately she's been on various radio programs arguing her thesis.

Now her lectures are on YouTube.

John Perry has a lecture of hers at
Towards the end she says she now believes impeachment is necessary.