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The End of America by Naomi Wolf
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Apr 27, 10

Read in April, 2010

Since the last political book I read was conservative, I thought I would try a liberal book this time. Very informative, very well written like the other book. It opened my mind to a few ideas. This book was written in 2006 and 2007 by a liberal democrat and its focus was on the belief that George Bush was turning the US into a fascist nation. The book outlines 10 historical steps that fascist nations like Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany took on the road to totalitarianism and fascism and showed how after the events of 911, the Bush administration started down a similar road. The 10 steps the author outlines are as follows:

Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
Create secret prisons where torture takes place.
Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens.
Set up an internal surveillance system.
Harass citizens' groups.
Engage in arbitrary detention and release.
Target key individuals.
Control the press.
Treat all political dissidents as traitors.
Suspend the rule of law.

The author cited examples where the Bush administration took these steps before congress swung back into Democratic power including Freedom of information act and Guantanamo torture. The thing I found the most interesting and even humorous is that the examples and steps that Wolf cited were the same basic complaints and examples that I hear Conservative friends use against Obama. So many times in this book you could have substituted "Obama" for "Bush" and "Socialist" for "Fascist". It made me think long and hard about this political game that until about 5 years ago I avoided like the plague. In the end I decided to do what I always do with this kind of information, I dismissed the obvious rhetoric and unproven conclusions, I made a mental note of the valid and true information, and I gained a little more ground on the establishment of my political beliefs. I doubt Wolf had the effect on me that she would have wanted, but I've got to admit, I'm a difficult person..
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message 1: by Aimee (new)

Aimee Insightful as always. When I was reading that list I has the exact same thoughts.

So basically we are pretty much screwed either way.


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