Naomi Wolf on Colbert Report: Fascism in 10 Easy StepsSubmitted by DoubleOhNothing on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 10:55
I can't believe they're talking about this on national TV! Ms. Wolf also said we probably have less than year, and that Hillary 08 would likely lead to a surveillance society.
The ten steps:
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug caste (Blackwater USA)
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
Is this the end of the American experiment? It seems to me as though the Ron Paul campaign represents a clear last chance to grab hold before we go off a cliff and freedom is no longer recoverable without a lot (!) of violence. I don't know if other societies on the verge of totalitarianism were given such a chance to open their eyes and sidestep the fates that they're laxness and ignorance have brought about, but this election will be a real test of the character of the American people.
In the recent past, elections have been contests between the lesser of two evils and the electorate responded with apathy. Now, when the stakes are highest, the American people have a choice: on one hand, our collective eyes open, we remember our traditions of personal responsibility and liberty, and we begin the long hard process of cutting away the rotten elements of our government. On the other hand, we continue chasing the prize dangled just out of reach, we allow ourselves to be made afraid of "terrorists" within and without, and we all get stampeded off the cliff.
Saying "I told you so" will not make me feel any better, not even a little.