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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

I found this on one of my dancer-friend's blogs. It saddens and frightens me.

American citizens have been setting themselves up for a fall like this for years and years. I believe the public schools' attitude of "sit down, shut up, and do it like everybody else" plays a key part in the erosion of democracy in our society. Now nobody can think for themselves.

Thank God I am contrary enough to want my kid out of that mental meat-grinder. Thank God I live in a country where I still have the chance to make that decision for him.

Here is the beginning of the article

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. more here

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