Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Rise of Fascism in America

The Rise of Fascism in America: "Fascism in America won�t come with jackboots, book burnings, mass rallies, and fevered harangues, nor will it come with black helicopters or tanks on the street. It won�t come like a storm�but as a break in the weather, that sudden change of season you might feel when the wind shifts on an October evening: Everything is the same, but everything has changed. Something has gone, departed from the world, and a new reality will have taken its place. All the old forms will still be there: legislatures, elections, campaigns�plenty of bread and circuses. But �consent of the governed� will no longer apply; actual control of the state will have passed to a small and privileged group who rule for the benefit of their wealthy peers and corporate patrons.
To be sure, there will be factional conflicts among the elite, and a degree of debate will be permitted; but no one outside the privileged circle will be allowed to influence state policy. Dissidents will be marginalized�usually by �the people� themselves. Deprived of historical knowledge by a thoroughly impoverished educational system designed to produce complacent consumers, left ignorant of current events by a corporate media devoted solely to profit, many will internalize the force-fed values of the ruling elite, and act accordingly. There will be little need for overt methods of control. "
Add to this the NSA tapping of our phones and all the other ways Bush and Co. have broken with constitutional law, and you get a very frightening picture of where our country is going. And yes NSA, I am fully ready to be taken to an internment camp for dissidents. I am NOT scared. My ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War in the Massachusetts militia, so I will carry on the tradition of fighting for freedom.

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