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10 steps necessary for a state to take control of individuals’ lives:

September 23rd, 2008 | by Steve O |
  1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
  2. Create secret prisons where torture takes place.
  3. Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens.
  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. Treat all political dissidents as traitors.
  10. Suspend the rule of law.

How many of these steps have been achieved? And how does Sarah Palin play into this list?

UPDATE: ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY UNIT TO BE DEPLOYED INSIDE THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!!!! Which number does this fall under? (Third story from the bottom)

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  1. 7 Responses to “10 steps necessary for a state to take control of individuals’ lives:”

  2. By steve on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    I am shocked this stock is not doing better with all this liberal paranoia.

  3. By Steve O on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    Steve, what makes you think it cannot happen?

    Care to talk to a few Germans that thought the way you did in the 1930s?

  4. By Lazarus Long on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    1-How ya doin these days, injury wise?
    2-The reason it can’t happen here is the fact we’re having this discussion here.

  5. By Lisa on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    Fairness Doctrine

  6. By steve on Sep 23, 2008 | Reply

    “Care to talk to a few Germans that thought the way you did in the 1930s?”

    Grandpa died in 1984…

  7. By Liberal Jarhead on Sep 24, 2008 | Reply

    Take a look at “They Thought They Were Free: the Germans, 1933-1945″ by Milton Mayer. It was originally published in 1966.

    Some excerpts from a review:
    “The true value of this book and hence Mayer’s most valuable contribution has been to draw a graphic conceptual picture of how the system of Nazism worked as seen at ground level by ten ordinary Germans and from the interior of German society: To a man, they all agreed that it brought them untold economic success, bound them patriotically and politically into a coherent cultural unit, restored the nation’s pride and gave all Germans renewed reasons for hope in the future.” (”Morning in America, anyone?)

    “…Germans were wedded to the Nazi worldview thorough its benefits, both tangible and intangible, there were few incentives for them to “rock the boat” by pointing to its excesses. Dissension was left for victims and outsiders to engage in. However, being identified as an outsider or as a dissenter, at a minimum, could ensure social exclusion and a slow social death; and if one were very unlucky, it could mean disappearance into a concentration camp, or even a swift bullet to the temple.” (We haven’t quite reached this point yet - we’ve just gotten to the stage where the Bush administration has unilaterally declared that the president has the authority to name anyone, citizen or not, an “enemy combatant”, kidnap them without due process, and imprison them indefinitely without charge or trial. Quite a few non-citizens have died in such conditions, and some citizens have been locked up for years with no due process or civil rights.)

    “Like a thief in the night, tyranny always descends upon sleeping societies in a cloak of patriotic conformity. It attacks when one is unguarded psychologically and least wary of an assault. By the time the citizen is prepared to raise a dissenting voice, in the name of state security, his throat (and presumably his vocal cords) have already been cut and he has been rendered mute. Once the national conscience has been drugged, sedated, or put to sleep, it is difficult to reawaken it.

    Since there are no political systems that are entirely insulated against criminal activity, corruption or evil, only healthy, timely, vigorous and authentic dissent can act as an antidote to the evil inherent in tyrannical political systems like Fascism and Nazism.

    Without drawing too fine a distinction, it is difficult to miss the many parallels between contemporary American society and 1933-1939 German society.”

    Anyone who thinks that the multinational corporate power that was the engine of German and Italian fascism is not stronger now than it was in the 1930s is not living in the real world; anyone who doesn’t see that the Republican party is aligned with that power is a fool or is refusing to look; and anyone who thinks America is somehow so special that we’re immune to the dangers that every culture, system of government, and people face, is delusional.

    Need more? Take a look at “The Plot to Seize the White House: The Shocking True Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR” by Jules Archer (if you don’t feel like reading, you can watch the History Channel documentary on the same subject, titled “Product Image
    In Search Of History - The Plot To Overthrow FDR.” It details how the leading families of the so-called upper class put together a very well organized conspiracy in 1933 to prevent FDR from implementing his planned tax reforms (which shifted the balance of the tax burden in favor of the middle class) by carrying out a coup and replacing our government with a fascist regime with a figurehead leader. It fell through because the person they invited to be that leader, retired Marine Major General Smedley Butler (the only Marine officer ever to win the Congressional Medal of Honor twice), led them on for long enough to get the details, then turned them in to the Congress and FDR. The mainstream media (which the right liked to call liberal back then too) at that point had nothing but good to say about the Nazis and Italian fascists, and denounced Butler as a kook. But as an in-depth Congressional investigation showed, his facts were correct and the plot was real. Their agenda was pretty much the same as the one the Republicans have been pushing since Reagan.

    At this point in history, although there are many decent and honorable people who call themselves Republicans - mainly because, in their cases, they relate to the ghost of the party of Lincoln and TR - the present-day Republican party is the enemy of the American Constitution and Bill of Rights; of government of, by, and for the people; and of the American middle class and working class. In its aims and policies, today’s Republican party is a fascist party in everything except name. They are getting perilously close to meeting the formal definition of “all enemies, foreign and domestic” of the Constitution that would require every person who has sworn an oath as a public servant or member of the military to either treat them as the enemy or forsake that oath.

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