Fascist America, in 10 semi-fantastical steps (Naomi Wolf)

Naomi Wolf offers "Fascist America, in 10 easy steps". First, let's get the easy stuff out of the way. This is in al-Guardian, and she plays the "I'm one of the Smart Americans, I am!" game:

...Even as Americans were focused on Britney Spears's meltdown and the question of who fathered Anna Nicole's baby, the New York Times editorialised about this shift... ...As Americans turn away quite leisurely, keeping tuned to internet shopping and American Idol, the foundations of democracy are being fatally corroded... ...But Americans still assume this system and detainee abuses involve only scary brown people with whom they don't generally identify...

On the wider issue I've said similar things and linked to others. However, I feel that she's overplaying some things and ignoring the fascistic tendencies of those on her side.

For instance, the "thug caste" (#4) - if she wanted to be honest about this - would also include those on the far-left who keep trying to silence speech, whether Media Matters (Don Imus) or Columbia University (Jim Gilchrist) or all the countless other incidents. Instead, other than mercenaries (including those working in New Orleans post-Katrina), this is all she can come up with:

Thugs in America? Groups of angry young Republican men, dressed in identical shirts and trousers, menaced poll workers counting the votes in Florida in 2000.

As for #4, the "internal surveillance system", that predates Bush by a few decades.

As for #5 ("Harass citizens' groups") I don't think she's telling the whole truth:

...a church in Pasadena, whose minister preached that Jesus was in favour of peace, found itself being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, while churches that got Republicans out to vote, which is equally illegal under US tax law, have been left alone...

She might have a point about "peace" groups being infiltrated, but once again, that predates Our Leader.

In #6 ("Engage in arbitrary detention and release"), she mentions the case of Professor Walter F Murphy supposedly being on a TSA watchlist, including repeating the uncorroborated and possibly incorrect remarks of an airline employee.

And, at the end she promotes the ACLU.

Bottom line: she's simply preaching to the choir, and desperately seeking their acceptance. Someone better at this please try again. I prefer Alex Jones myself, plus he's got a bullhorn so he's entertaining too.


So you equate media matters with violent behaviour. I suppose the fact checkers and political critics will be the first against the wall.