To paraphrase Paul Krugman in his book Conscience of a Liberal, I too grew up taking the America I knew then for granted. I also protested the bombing in Cambodia. I attended my first “sit-in” at the JFK center in Boston. I was sixteen at the time and skipped school to do it. Through the years, I protested injustices directed toward women, gays & lesbians, blacks & immigrants. I refused to eat lettuce because of Caesar Chavis. I believed that we were going to wrestle “it” away from the corrupted politicians and put America back on the road to Peace, Justice and the pursuit of happiness for ALL.
Now, I’m 51 years old and after living the last seven years under the neo-con’s wet dream called the Bush Administration, I am concerned for the health of this democracy. These days I ask things like “is fascism just around the corner? Or are we already in it?” Everybody throws around Hitler and the nazi link when they talk about fascism but really Mussolini was a much better example.
Fascism is when the government and corporations merge. It’s when everything is privatized. Like schools (New Orleans) and and there’s private armies (Blackwater) and secret prisons or “gulags” (Guantanamo & Abbu Garab) and the government spies on it’s own people (The Patriot Act) and the media is controlled. (5 US corporations now own all US media)
It’s when the government scares the hell out of it’s own people by telling them of threats inside and outside of the country. (The “War on Terror”) It’s like when Government officials start acting like thugs or the mob (Blackwater roamed the streets of New Orleans with guns after Katrina and they are building facilities now all around the country) It when a country harasses it’s citizens that speak out against it’s policies (200-300 people were on the “terrorist watch list before 9/11 today 850,000+ are on the list now including Sen. Ted Kennedy, anti-war activists, liberals and others)
It’s also when the government singles out individuals who speak out (purging of 8 U.S. Attorneys, CIA worker denied secret clearence after saying waterboarding is torture on her blog) and Dissent is unpatriotic (The Dixie Chicks) or treason (Editor of the NY Times attacked by Republicans in Congress for publishing what Bush called secret documents) Fascism is also when the rule of law is suspended. (The Posse Comitatus Act – Bush is violating it by saying he can now use the army for domestic law enforcement)
Well, I guess I better try to get some sleep. It’s late. I had a few things on my mind. Better go hit the sack because soon it will be time to WAKE UP!
Peace and love,
Naomi Wolf’s 10 steps to Fascism
The Conscience of a Liberal