“They did this in Germany.”

November 2, 2007 at 4:14 pm (frightening things, politics) (, )

You definitely should watch this talk by Naomi Wolf in which she explains the United States’ current path towards tyranny and what we should do about it, as in her new book The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. The most interesting part, I thought, was her cataloging of exact phrases and images that appeared in previous fascist takeovers (Germany, Soviet Russia, Chile under Pinochet) and have appeared recently in the US. She says it seems like folks in the Bush Administration did this on purpose, but what occurred to me, which I prefer as an explanation, is that it was unintentional, that evil would-be dictators just can’t help but do the very same things as their predecessors for Jungian, collective unconscious reasons.

Also, she describes the checks and balances system as “sexy.” Enough said.

Via Pandagon.

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2 Comments

  1. ballgame said,

    Great talk. I’ve been aware of where we’ve been heading for a long time, and of most of the little pieces that were being put together to lay the groundwork. The whole ‘enemy combatant’ phenomenon — and in particular the criminal media complicity in permitting the concept to be propagated despite its transparently anti-constitutional nature — was the ‘bright red line’ for me. With that, the subversion of democracy shifted from being a looming possibility to being the ultimate outcome of the path we’re now on (unless we change course as Naomi outlined).

    I completely agree with her about impeachment being urgent but insufficient, and am dismayed that we haven’t even gotten to impeachment yet.

  2. Daisy said,

    Ballgame: yes, yes, and yes. Congress seems to be in some kind of paralysis — it’s mind-boggling.

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