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Naomi Wolf on Colbert Report: Fascism in 10 Easy Steps

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.

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Naomi Wolf's Ten Steps and US History

The Ten Steps of the Fascist Shift as interpreted by Naomi Wolf and applied to the Bush administration, could equally apply to Presidents in the 1920’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s. United States history has been through many worse times and survived.
While researching the 1920’s for my book “The Ragman’s War,” I learned many dark secrets about the Roaring Twenties hidden in union archives, news articles from that time, and in memories of old men.
Applying the 10 steps to the administrations of Wilson, Harding and Coolidge would have made it the 1920’s the worst decade for fascism in US history. Steel and Rail Barons controlled all branches of government and wielded their influence to keep millions of immigrant workers laboring in the mills and mines for little or no wages. Dissidents and union organizers who riled against this serf system of cheap labor that kept the Twenties stock market roaring were branded as anarchists. They were detained, deported, jailed, or murdered.
In the mining towns the mine families were forbidden to bear arms, to assemble, to have free ingress and egress to their towns, to sing hymns, and join unions. During the 1927-28 strike in the western Pennsylvania coalfields, they had their property seized and sold at auction and were evicted from their houses even when the rent was paid. Company agents had free access to invade their homes at whim.
Constitutional abuses in the bituminous coalfields around Pittsburgh were so bad that members of the US Senate decided to visit the area to evaluate the situation. The ACLU did their own investigation and reported their findings in a booklet titled “The Shame of Pennsylvania.”
Don’t believe me then look it up for yourself or read “Bucket of Blood the Ragman’s War,” “The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America’s Largest Labor Uprising,” or Wobbly history. Don't forget to investigate the Red Scare of 1919, the Palmer Raids, and persecution of the IWW (Wobblies)? What about the Red Scare of the late 1940’s under Truman? How many communists and sympathizers were detained, deported, jailed, or went into hiding?

The Ten Steps of the 1928 Fascist Shift:
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy (Communists, Wobblies, Labor Unions).
2. Create a gulag ( Captive Coal Towns, Wobbly Interment Camps, Deportation Centers).
3. Develop a thug caste (Coal and Iron Police, Pinkerton Men, American Legion).
4. Set up an internal surveillance system (Paid Stool Pigeons, Mail Interception).
5. Harass citizens’ groups (Company Sheriffs, State Troopers, County Sheriffs, Constables, Coal and Iron Police, KKK, Jim Crow Laws).
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release (union organizers, black lists, civil rights activists, Wobblies, innocent immigrant workers).
7. Target key individuals (scientists, academics, journalists, artists, writers, social activists, movie producers, labor leaders and organizers).
8. Control the press (coal, steel, and rail barons, judges, Hearst Syndicate).
9. Dissent equals treason (Sedition Laws, Red Scare, Palmer Raids, Anti Union Laws).
10. Suspend the rule of law (suspension of Constitutional rights for coal and steel families, Rossitor Injunctions, Coal & Steel companies rule the towns they own, their appointed agents are the law).
OOPS!!! Wolf forgot about suppression of free speech.

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She does address that....

She talks about the steps that we have went through in previous eras in the US and discusses why this time is so much different...

Here is the link


The Philosophy Of Liberty -

Done deal!

Huh? Consider these to have been done:

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy (Global warming eco-terrorism!)

2. Create a gulag (Have you tried to fly lately?)

3. Develop a thug caste (Blackwater USA)

4. Set up an internal surveillance system (Email and phone taps legal)

5. Harass citizens' groups (McCain Feingold, 'Fairness Doctrine' to quash conservative media, and some other law Hillary tried to push to limit grassroots action!)

6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release (Tasering...)

7. Target key individuals (Auditing of tax returns by IRS, especially if Hillary sees you as a threat)

8. Control the press (Done long ago by Rockefellerian agents who were paid to set editorial policies in 25 main papers who now also are tied to TV, radio)

9. Dissent equals treason (Trying to ID us with the socialists on the left, just because we are constitutional and don't want unecessary wars)

10. Suspend the rule of law (Patriot Act, Habeas Corpus, etc, Government by Treaty, NAU/SPP with congressional approval, etc.)

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Ten steps to fascism--a remark.

I have no quarrel with Miss Wolf's thesis here, with the important exception to note that the absolutism inherent in the American Presidency certainly did NOT begin with George Bush II. There has been a more or less steady erosion of civil liberties, constitutional rights, and private property protection under the law ever since the Lincoln Presidency and his actions during the War for Southern Independence. After the "emergency" some of the Constitution and individual rights were restored, but never to the same extent as prior to the war or emergency in question.

President Bush and his odious neocons are merely the symptoms; the disease runs much deeper in our history, (and the history of many other countries), our laws, our schools and universities, and our economy.

President Bush INHERITED a largely totalitarian government.

All that was needed was a "reichstag fire" or a "pearl harbor" planned to occur on 9/11/2001 to provide an excuse for a so-called war-on-terror, whose consequences are becoming all to clear today!!

David K. Meller

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

Actually, you can trace all the way

Back to Andrew Jackson. While he did destroy the Biddle's central bank (not using really just means, BTW), he also essentially ignored numerous constitutional restrictions, and failed to enforce Supreme court rulings. He also began to expand the federal government, mostly by appointing his cronies.

Lincoln is often scapegoated in my view, because it was in fact Congress and the radical republicans that used their power to punish the south for its refusal to end slavery. Had the Southerners been less stubborn regarding the issue of slavery, things may have been much different. Lincoln tried to work out compromises, even after secession, but too many southerners were reactionaries, and would not consider any compromise,

Further, few seem to note that the confederacy carried out most of the same abuses that Lincoln is so demonized for, Suspending habeus corpus, A draft, and even sedition acts as part of a war effort. Many confederate states complained bitterly about govenrmnet abuses, some even considering seccession from the confederacy.

The issue of the Civil war is very complicated. Let's not try to re fight the civil war. I agree with much of what you are saying. We have our own fight here in front of us.

The American Experiment?

What an INSULT! To call the US an experiment is an insult to every person who fought for and died the USA constitution, bill of rights for FREEDOM, LIBERTY and Justice FOR ALL!

Perspective of mesage recipient

I would caution on the way Ron Paul is introduced. I think the average american would read the article and believe it to be an extreme view. I do not believe the average American believes society is crumbling around him or her, so they might see this article as alarmist and believe Ron Paul is the "extreme" candidate the media makes him out to be.

Average voters make decisions on next to no knowledge of candidates. It might be worthwhile to do a quick study to find out which of Dr. Paul's messages are recieved best by the public and push with those ideas.

For instance, if you are talking to a male in a red state, you are likely to get the best response with Dr. Paul's small gov't message. If you are talking to a mother in a blue state, his anti-war message is most important.

In politics today, it doesn't matter why people vote for him, just that they vote for him. I'd love for it to be different, but I don' think its going to change this election cycle. If it was possible to "educate" the masses, then it would have been done by now.

All we need to do it generate enough interest that the voter will recognize Paul's name when mentioned, so that they do not filter information about him. A lot of people who watch the debates probably can't name 40% of the candidates, so even if they like the candidates view...it won't necessarily translate into votes.

"Educating the masses"

If it was possible to "educate" the masses, then it would have been done by now.

It is possible and it will need to happen if Dr. Paul has any chance, but you're definitely right about the first impressions.

It's important to establish credibility with people by talking to them about issues they already understand. That's not going to be enough to sway them, though, because they already have "mainstream" candidate that will tell them what they want to hear. So the next step is to build on the rapport and slowly branch into the education process. The trick is to do so without coming off as condescending.

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Stewart, Colbert Ron Paul Fans?

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When you look at recent interviews on Comedy Central's "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" you HAVE to wonder if these guys are Ron Paul fans. Not only do you have Jon asking Greenspan some VERY pointed questions the other night, but take a look at last night's interviews with General Wesley Clark and then Naomi Wolf on the two shows and you be the judge.

It is also interesting to note than when I clicked on the Presidential Candidate interviews Ron's two interviews on these two shows TOPPED the list with Obama, Dodd, Huckabee, Biden and others underneath. Coincidence?



Colbert and Stewart

I have a feeling that Colbert isn't really a lefty. I think I have him pegged as a Dem with Libertarian-ish tendencies. He's mentioned RP quite a bit and in a very favorable way (by acting like a NeoCon himself).

Now, I think Stewart is a Dem or leans that way, but in recent interviews, it seems like he has been listening to some of RP's positions.

The Alan Greenspan interview was VERY revealing, I thought. As someone who is fairly new to terms such as "The Fed" and "free markets" and stuff like that, Stewart's questions were very insightful and showed considerable thought. I don't think that Greenspan wanted to admit that the US is not really a "free market economy" and I hold Stewart in a higher level than I originally thought. He might be an RP convert in due time, they both could.

Or, maybe I'm just dreaming. I always wish that guys like Stewart/Colbert would come right out and say "we support RP." Yeah, that would pretty much seal the deal....

See this video!


It was broadcasted by a christian TV-station from The Netherlands.

Only small parts are spoken in Dutch, but with english subtitles, most of the video is in english.

My opinion is the american people have to wake up EN MASSE and support Ron Paul, otherwise he hasn't a chance against THIS enemy!

Too important to ignore

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Quite possibly the most important read of your life

I urge everyone to read the above article and spread it far and wide. It is a well researched and well written piece on the true state of the union.
Many ask why we care, many ask why we are so passionate.
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I saw this last night and

I saw this last night and was really pleased. I do beleive that the daily show and colbert show are supporters of ron paul, and they are building up to publicy announcing this!

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werdd, I absolutely agree

I absolutely agree that they "could" be building up to an ad-hoc endorsement of RP. I think, given their positions, they will never put their hand on a candidate's back and say "that's my boy" (lol), but at the same time BOTH of their positions seem to be leaning in the direction of Ron's positions, which I find encouraging given their WIDE appeal and credibility.

Strange how two "comedy shows" have more respect for the actual NEWS than most of the MSM, even according to anchors such as Dan Rather, Ted Coppel, Brian Williams and others who have appeared on, and applauded, their shows.

Right now they are "planting the seeds" in people's minds without coming out and saying, "Hey, this guy Ron Paul has some great points" and you know what? FINE! Let them do it their way, because I can easily see them paving that road, followed by return visits with Ron to seal the deal.

John is a friend of McCain's (hence McCain's 11 appearances on his show), but there's no doubt in this week's treatment of Stewart that he knows McCain's campaign is all but done. These two guys (Stewart and Colbert) are FAR from idiots or talking heads. It doesn't take much listening to realize they have some great grey matter between their ears (lol). I consider both POWERFUL allies to Ron's campaign and Bill Maher's endorsement this week won't hurt either.

The tide is a-changin'...