Quotable: Naomi Wolf on fascism without swastikas

“Because Americans like me were born in freedom, we have a hard time even considering that it is possible for us to become as unfree–domestically–as many other nations. Because we no longer learn much about our rights or our system of government–the task of being aware of the constitution has been outsourced from citizens’ ownership to being the domain of professionals such as lawyers and professors–we scarcely recognise the checks and balances that the founders put in place, even as they are being systematically dismantled. Because we don’t learn much about European history, the setting up of a department of ‘homeland’ security–remember who else was keen on the word ‘homeland’–didn’t raise the alarm bells it might have.

“It is my argument that, beneath our very noses, George Bush and his administration are using time-tested tactics to close down an open society. It is time for us to be willing to think the unthinkable…that it can happen here. And that we are further along than we realise.”

–Naomi Wolf, “Fascist America, in 10 easy steps”

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