By Manila Ryce
Published Thursday, September 20th, 2007, 5:48 pm
Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, joined Stephen Colbert last night to explain why our slide into fascism isn’t such a good thing.
Outside the safety of the blogosphere, political prophets are easily written off as far-left loons when they make the case that the destruction of our civil liberties is turning Bush’s America into Hitler’s Germany or Pinochet’s Chile. Even then, it’s a misconception to think that Bush himself is the problem, and that getting rid of him will correct the system. Our country’s democratic safeguards are too powerful to simply be eliminated abruptly, so they have being slowly eroded by our two corporate-controlled parties throughout several presidencies. We blissfully accept our situation, trusting that the American system will either correct itself or maintain an acceptable equilibrium of corruption between what we perceive to be combating left and right party ideologies.
Even before 9/11, our political system was on a consistent slide to the right, which is symptomatic of the more corporate, and hence, more totalitarian regimes mentioned above. It is only during our “war on terror” that this shift has been more dramatic and noticeable. History has shown that the more a nation gravitates towards the left, the more its citizenry enjoys liberty without condition. Unfortunately, the ruling 1 percent of the world are right-wing fascists, who are often successful in convincing us that the opposite is true.
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