Fascist America in 10 easy steps . That is the title of a breathless story (or fairy tale) in the Guardian written by Naomi Wolf. Oh, do take the time to read it, what follows will make much more sense if you wade about in the fever swamp for a moment. But Naomi did present a little blueprint that fits something else that is going on in the world. Therefore, we here in the Crabitat have decided to reinterpret the list Ms. Wolf so graciously projected:
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
Global warming! Global warming! We're all going to die.
2. Create a gulag
Demand the ouster of people who do not accept the "consensus" about global warming from their jobs. (Prison to follow.)
3. Develop a thug caste
Send in the screeching hordes to shout down anyone who disagrees with global warming "consensus."
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
Set up "global warming deniers database ." (If we weren't before, we expect to be on it shortly).
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
So far, only refusing to allow publication of opinions that disagree with "consensus" in scientific journals and threatening letters from US Senators – give it time.
7. Target key individuals
Expect to be reviled and accused of being a tool of the oil companies if you dare to speak out against the "consensus."
8. Control the press
The New York Times. Case closed.
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law
Give them a chance at power and the full set will be complete.
Amazing how that works, isn't it?
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who has linked to this. Visitors, please do take a look around. (You might be interested in the letter we found.)