This is the name of Naomi Wolf’s original article by the same name. Carolyn Baker wrote a very interesting article analyzing not only Wolf’s original article, but changes that have slowly been occuring in our nation during this “twilight” where things seem to be staying the same, but every-so-slightly are actually changing. Wolf’s list of 10 easy steps that need to occur to walk us into a fascist state are:
- Invoking an external and internal threat
- Establishing secret prisons
- Developing a paramilitary force
- Surveiling ordinary citizens
- Infiltrating citizen’s groups
- Arbitrarily detaining and releasing citizens
- Targeting key individuals
- Restricting the press
- Casting criticism as espionage and dissent as treason?
- Subverting the rule of law
I’ve bolded the points above that I think are the most damning, but from the list I think most, if not all, of these points have already been executed have they not? Unlawful wiretapping, circumventing of standard laws and requirements by the administration, secret prisons and restriction on the press are all things we are seeing and have been watching happen slowly but surely more and more over the last 8 years.
Think back 10 years ago… were you reading almost every day in the paper about illegal wiretapping, secret prisons and the administration simply refused to comply with investigations? No… you weren’t. These have all been subtle changes.
These changes are not magical or confusing. These changes are making corporations richer and richer. You think it’s an accident this war is taking so long? You think it’s a mistake that the U.S. has paid Blackwater alone close to $1 trillion dollars in the last 4 years? Bitch please… wake up and smell the coffee. The unfortunate truth is that a true democracy is not as profitable to huge corporations as a more restricted, controlled, oppressive and predictable government. Especially one where the political figure heads are representatives sent to the table by the corporations that back them.
What I found most interesting was how throughout history the term “fascism” has really been distilled down to what it really is: “corporatism“. It’s a state of government at which corporations are essentially in control and create policy that have the greatest benefit to the corporations themselves. I was always under the assumption that “fascism”, this big scary word meant “Nazis” and other hand-wavingly-sinister terms… but it doesn’t.
The documentary “The Corporation” is a movie I have sitting next to me that I have yet to watch, but covers some of this information. I think what a lot of people don’t realize is two-fold:
- Just how much power and control corporations have over our lives and laws
- How profitable it is to these corporations to create a more repressive state of existence for citizens
It might be something to think about, the next time a company you purchase services from decide to shove some ridiculous rules down your throat.