Naomi Wolf's Provocative -- and frightening -- essay in this week's Guardian (UK) outlines the ten steps fascist regimes have historically used to gain and then hold power.
It is very difficult and arduous to create and sustain a democracy - but history shows that closing one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps.I urge you to read the entire article, but I'll post the ten steps and let you use your minds to fill in the details for now. It seems to me that the very efficient amusements of our post-modern society function to keep us complacent, in much the same way that Mussolini was admired for making the trains run on time.
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug caste
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. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law