[I heard a rather scary interview on npr yesterday with Naomi Wolf reporting on her most recent book, “The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot.”

In it she enumerates ten different fascist modes of attack on the Weimar Republic in the early 1930s which eventuated in the Nazi takeover, still as a minority party, under Hitler. Her list of ten characteristics of fascism directly parallels recent events perpetrated by the Bush administration.

Listen up! It may not happen here, but we had better get ourselves together to avoid more bad things. Ed Kent]



Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all

Tuesday April 24, 2007
The Guardian

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.

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“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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