The Ten Steps To Fascism

Posted on Wednesday, January 14 at 20:41 by Sgt_ShockNAwe

Naomi Klein's new book demonstrates the United States is well on it's way to a fascist police state.

    * Naomi Wolf
    * The Guardian, Tuesday 24 April 2007

Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists into custody.

They were not figuring these things out as they went along. If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship. That blueprint has been used again and again in more and less bloody, more and less terrifying ways. But it is always effective. It is very difficult and arduous to create and sustain a democracy - but history shows that closing one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/apr/24/usa.comment

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