10 easy steps to facisim - Is America taking them ?
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
Creating a terrifying threat - hydra-like, secretive, evil - is an old trick. It can, like Hitler’s invocation of a communist threat to the nation’s security, be based on actual events (one Wisconsin academic has faced calls for his dismissal because he noted, among other things, that the alleged communist arson, the Reichstag fire of February 1933, was swiftly followed in Nazi Germany by passage of the Enabling Act, which replaced constitutional law with an open-ended state of emergency). Or the terrifying threat can be based, like the National Socialist evocation of the “global conspiracy of world Jewry”, on myth
2. Create a gulag
This process took place in fascist shifts or anti-democracy crackdowns ranging from Italy and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s to the Latin American coups of the 1970s and beyond. It is standard practice for closing down an open society or crushing a pro-democracy uprising.
With its jails in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, of course, Guantánamo in Cuba, where detainees are abused, and kept indefinitely without trial and without access to the due process of the law, America certainly has its gulag now. Bush and his allies in Congress recently announced they would issue no information about the secret CIA “black site” prisons throughout the world, which are used to incarcerate people who have been seized off the street.
3. Develop a thug caste
When leaders who seek what I call a “fascist shift” want to close down an open society, they send paramilitary groups of scary young men out to terrorize citizens. The Blackshirts roamed the Italian countryside beating up communists; the Brownshirts staged violent rallies throughout Germany. This paramilitary force is especially important in a democracy: you need citizens to fear thug violence and so you need thugs who are free from prosecution.
The years following 9/11 have proved a bonanza for America’s security contractors, with the Bush administration outsourcing areas of work that traditionally fell to the US military. In the process, contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars have been issued for security work by mercenaries at home and abroad. In Iraq, some of these contract operatives have been accused of involvement in torturing prisoners, harassing journalists and firing on Iraqi civilians. Under Order 17, issued to regulate contractors
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
In Mussolini’s Italy, in Nazi Germany, in communist East Germany, in communist China - in every closed society - secret police spy on ordinary people and encourage neighbors to spy on neighbors. The Stasi needed to keep only a minority of East Germans under surveillance to convince a majority that they themselves were being watched.In 2005 and 2006, when James Risen and Eric Lichtblau wrote in the New York Times about a secret state program to wiretap citizens’ phones, read their emails and follow international financial transactions, it became clear to ordinary Americans that they, too, could be under state scrutiny.In closed societies, this surveillance is cast as being about “national security”; the true function is to keep citizens docile and inhibit their activism and dissent.
5. Harass citizens’ groupsThe fifth thing you do is related to step four - you infiltrate and harass citizens’ groups. It can be trivial: a church in Pasadena, whose minister preached that Jesus was in favor of peace, found itself being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, while churches that got Republicans out to vote, which is equally illegal under US tax law, have been left aloneOther harassment is more serious: the American Civil Liberties Union reports that thousands of ordinary American anti-war, environmental and other groups have been infiltrated by agents: a secret Pentagon database includes more than four dozen peaceful anti-war meetings, rallies or marches by American citizens in its category of 1,500 “suspicious incidents”. The equally secret Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) agency of the Department of Defense has been gathering information about domestic organizations engaged in peaceful political activities:CIFA is supposed to track “potential terrorist
Fascist America, In 10 Easy Steps
April 25th, 2007
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- CalliopeLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Look at the blind neocons pretending this doesn't happen, giving answers here. You put facts in front of their fanatical faces, and they deny it!
Obviously, I agree with you. These things ARE happening. These right-wing, conservative Christians are bent on ruling everything with an iron fist.
They want to tell you who you can and can't marry.
They want to tell you what your family values SHOULD be according to them.
They want to listen in on private phone calls.
They want to combine church and state, and take freedom of religion away a little at a time.
They want to label every Liberal, every Democrat, every hippie, every philosopher, everyone of a different religion as anti-American terrorists or worse.
It's a lot consider, and a lot to take in. It's frightening!
Only a little bit longer will these people be in office. Once they're out, maybe we can rebuild the constitution to what it once was.
(By the way, these neocons aren't real Republicans. Republicans are bad enough, these guys are friggin CRAZY, lol)
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
We are there already. The next American " Riechstag fire" will make it a done deal. I only hope the worn-down state of our military will make them think twice...but there is always Blackwater, Cheney's private army.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Unfortunately, I agree. Makes me sick to watch it happen. This isn't the America that I grew up in. Funny how the religious right turns on people. This seems to be a trait that the rt. wing christians share with the Taliban.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
was there a huge sale on weed over the weekend? You libs seem to be all wound up with the conspiracy theories today....
- Anonymous1 decade ago
looks like pages out of democrat play book. why are you giving away the plan.
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