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Naomi Wolf has written a very interesting and provocative book titled: “The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot”. The book primarily shows a comparative study of various facist regimes throughout modern history and the 10 step process to facism that many shared. Let’s see if we can recognize or identify with any of these…

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy (war on terror?)

2. Create a gulag (Guantanamo Bay? Secret prisons in Europe?)

3. Develop a thug caste (Blackwater?)

4. Set up an internal surveillance system (The Patriot Act? Illegal Wiretapping?)

5. Harass citizens’ groups (Pick and chose…)

6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release (More Gitmo, no fly lists, “enemy combatants”)

7. Target key individuals (Joseph Wilson, Valerie Plame)

8. Control the press (Fox News)

9. Dissent equals treason (“You’re either with us or against us…”)

10. Suspend the rule of law (Habeas Corpus, R.I.P.)

Is America sinking into a Facist Regime? I like to think we are not, although it certainly feels  like it from time to time. The books is trying to point out that there are vulnerabilities in our political system that need to be addressed and that as citizens, we need to be aware and active in the political process in between trips to Walmart, feeding our faces and surfin’ the internet.

While I didn’t agree with all the arguments given in the book, it has certainly given me a lot to think about, or have nightmares, whatever…

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