Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fascism in 10 Easy Steps

Those of you who still persist in believing that the BFEE is, at best, a bumbling bunch of morons would profit from a perusal of Naomi Wolf's new book The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot.

In it she describes the path to American fascism in 10 easy steps. You can read her summary over at the Huffington Post, with a brief explanation of each of the ten steps:

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug caste
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law

This is the blueprint universally used by fascist states to solidify their power, and when you look at each of these steps, you will see that the Mayberry Machiavellians who are working behind the scenes in the BFEE are systematically working to bring about each and every one of them.

This maladminstration must be stopped. But, since the Dems seem to have lost that slender spine that they tried growing six months ago, I don't have a whole lot of hope that they will do anything of the sort. Not when Nancy Pelosi's spine seems to be limited to criticizing one of her own, Pete Stark, whose only crime was speaking truth to power.


jae said...

Now, see, that's why I love you, OPOV. As I am sitting here listening to the audio of the video on Brasscheck with my head phones on, I Den read about this...?

To come here and see you've probably spent a chunk of today doing exactly what I am doing is...well...pretty afuckinmazing.

Thanks Much.

I wanted to ask you....on Veterans Day, what do you personally feel is a respectable tribute to you and yours for a Joe Citizen like me to dedicate time to? I already send checks on a frighteningly regular basis to IAVA, Wounded Warrior, Salute To Americas Heroes, Paralyzed Veterans of America, etc. I also send cards to Ward 57 at Walter Reed (although it is getting very difficult to get information from the night nurses there. (BTW, I am unsure if you are aware but Mr. Nick has died and Mr. Corbin can only come 2 or 3 days a week now) to be given to the most in need. So, that said, what can I DO....


fjb said...

Have you seen "Spineocrat" at Mark Fiore.

Farnsworth68 said...

fjb: Yes, Mark Fiori's Spinocrat is terrific, like all of his stuff.
Here's the link to it.

Farnsworth68 said...

I would advise you to volunteer some time at your local VA hospital, if there is one in your area. They are chronically understaffed and there are many needs to be filled, from reading to the disabled veterans to helping answer their mail to just being there for them.
BTW, thanks for including A Bad Attitude in your list of favorite books. It is much appreciated.
--The F Man

jae said...

"I would advise you to volunteer some time at your local VA hospital, if there is one in your area"

The nearest one is about an hour away in East Orange. I just checked in with the husband to see if he would be up for it....I will contact the hospital in the next few days to see what the policy is and if there are any suggestions on what is most needed.

Thank you SO much for the brilliant idea.

As for Bad Attitude making my book list, it was a no-brainer. Be sure to check out anything else I have bothered to mention on favorites as they are all the Cream Of The Crop.

Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, jae.
Too bad about it being an hour away (of course, in a glass-half-full kind of way, one could also say that it's only an hour away...), but I think you will have a deep sense of fulfillment when you have spent some time with the vets and have helped them, even in very small ways.
--The F Man