In her 2007 book, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, Naomi Wolf takes a historical look at the rise of fascism, outlining 10 steps necessary for a fascist group (or government) to destroy the democratic character of a nation-state and subvert the social/political liberty previously exercised by its citizens. In the years since the books release have these steps become more true, more apparent and more pervasive or is this just a bunch of wacko crazy talk from a paranoid conspiracy theorist?
I have listed her 10 steps below, and under each one I will attempt to either prove or disprove them.
1.Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
- Internal enemy: wall street and the big banks (putting blame on the banks is a diversion tactic to hide the real criminals: the government and the Federal Reserve Bank)
- External enemy: Terrorism
2.Create secret prisons where torture takes place
- Guantanamo – at the time of the books release the official US position was ” we do not torture” … but now since “forced rectal feeding” has entered the public lexicon, we know that was a bold faced lie. here is the full torture report: Senate Intelligence Committee Torture report
- Extraordinary rendition (the transfer—without legal process—of a detainee to the custody of a foreign government for purposes of detention and interrogation.)
- Militarized police forces
- The department of homeland security
- the TSA
4.Set up an internal surveillance system
- The NSA (Edward Snowden proved to us that we are in fact living in George Orwell’s 1984)
- PRISM NSA Surveillance Program
- Surveillance drones
- Surveillance cameras on street corners (CCTV)
- FBI spy planes flying over American cities Read Here
- Tracking tags on your credit cards, drivers license, passport and phones
In closed societies, this surveillance is cast as being about “national security”; the true function is to keep citizens docile and inhibit their activism and dissent.
5.Harass citizens’ groups
I actually do not know much info about this and will have to do some more research but Im sure it is happening.
6.Engage in arbitrary detention and release
- The TSA
- Stop and Frisk
- The Prison Industrial Complex ( The incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.
- Kalief Browder (he was not released – he was an innocent man and now he is dead. He committed suicide 2 weeks ago in Rikers Island prison where he spent the past 3 years for a crime he did not commit )
all the un-embedded (ie: independent) journalists killed by “friendly fire” in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the targeting of academics who speak out against the agenda. – See more at: http://openyoureyesnews.com/feature-articles/ten-steps/#sthash.JG2BKMDX.dpuf
The mainstream media is a joke. There’s only a handful of companies and they’re all bought and paid for. Every news anchor or media personality seems like they are some kind of zombie controlled robot pushing an agenda, never discussing real issues, or challenging the status quo.
this clip from Conan always gets me … its kinda eerie and creepy actually. (Puppets on strings.)
anyone that speaks out against the establishment is vilified and deemed dangerous like Namoi Wolf who wrote this book. Often times people who dissent are called radicals, traitors, crazies, paranoids, conspiracy theorists, wackos or even truthers (how the hell did wanting the truth get spun into a negative?)
Just to name a few of the top of my head:
- Michael Hastings
- Gary Webb
- Edward Snowden
- Chelsea Manning
- Julian Assange
- Coleen Rowley
- Arron Russo
- Irwin Schiff
- Alex Jones
- Jesse Ventura
10. Suspend the rule of law
- The Patriot Act
- The USA Freedom Act
- The NDAA (President Obama established an extra-constitutional top secret “kill list” of people (including Americans) who can be summarily killed on sight – presumably by drones — without due process. Once on Obama’s kill list, an American citizen can be targeted and executed on the opinion of a single government bureaucrat. That’s not how our legal system is supposed to work.)
- Net Neutrality (the FCC control over the internet)
- Obama Administration used the IRS to target conservative, Christian and pro-Israel organizations, donors, and citizens.
- Operation Fast & Furious.
- unconstitutional limits to the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms.So, you tell me, are we headed down the road to serfdom or are we already there?