President Bush waves to his mate Godwin.
Naomi Wolf, famous (for being the) author of third-wave feminist classic The Beauty Myth, which I am trying to read at the moment but keep getting distracted by anonymous sexalicious lovelies walking past, has written a rather good Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps for The Guardian.
It’s hardly the first time that similar points have been made, though it’s interesting to hear it from someone who was once owned by married to one of Clinton’s speechwriters. Here’s a previous article in a similar vein: George W Bush and the 14 Points of Fascism. The original 14 Points of Fascism, by Laurence Britt, based on analysis of early 20th century fascist regimes and their preconditions. And thanks to Paul Litterick for this one.
You’d think that would help, but it doesn’t, because it’s no longer possible to have an intelligent discussion in which someone is compared to Hitler or Nazi Germany. This is because the same comparison is made in just about every unintelligent discussion had in the last 50 years. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting read, and such prejudices must be put to the side in order to take a really good look at these indicators in American society (and perhaps other Western democracies) and whether or not they’re cause for alarm.