Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2007 at 7:19 pm
From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all
Posted by Kirk, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Apr 26, 2007 at 4:09 pm
Anybody...what is fascism? It hard to make any sense of such charges, unless there is a common understanding of it. Was Stalin a fascist? Pol Pot? Mao? Castro? Hitler? Pinochet? Bush? FDR? Reagan? All of the above?
Posted by Donnie, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Apr 26, 2007 at 5:00 pm
Kirk, "fascism" is what we progressives in the 21st Century use to describe persons or policies with which we disagree. That is, it's all purpose invective for Republicans and conservatives. Nothing more, nothing less: it has no real intellectual content or substance. That's why nobody is answering your question with specificity.
Nobel Peace Prize recipient MAIREAD CORRIGAN MAGUIRE said today: "I was invited with my friend to attend a nonviolent conference in Bilin, a village outside Ramallah [in the West Bank], and to give a talk there, which I did. At the end of the conference, we were invited to participate in a nonviolent demonstration with some of the Palestinian members of parliament and Israeli peace activists and local villagers and international visitors.
"We walked along to try to walk up toward the separation wall, and it was a totally nonviolent protest. And we were viciously attacked by the Israeli military. They threw gas canisters into the peace walkers, and they also fired rubber-covered steel bullets.
"As I tried to move back and help a French lady, I was shot in the leg with a rubber-covered steel bullet, and the young Israeli soldier who shot me was only 20 meters from me. I was stunned by it, and then later on, after having some treatment by the ambulance medics, I went back down to the front line with the peace activists, and we were again showered with gas. I was overcome and had a severe nosebleed and had to be taken by stretcher to the ambulance and treated.
"And I witnessed there ... an old Palestinian man with blood on his face. These were over 25 unarmed peace people who had been viciously attacked by the Israeli military. And it was a completely peaceful protest. It was absolutely unbelievable. I never in all my years of activism witnessed anything so vicious as from the Israeli military."
The shooting of Maguire took place on Friday, April 20; she is now back in Ireland and available for interviews.
Posted by SkepticAl, a resident of the Ventura neighborhood, on Apr 26, 2007 at 11:17 pm
Sirat - I think that's called thread-jacking. Perhaps your post could have gone under a new heading.
Kirk - your request for a definition of fascism strikes me as a bit disingenuous. I agree that it's not easily defined, and is tossed about too loosely on the left. Neither side has cornered the market in meaningless political slander. I'm not going to debate that term, because I think the more important question is, looking at those steps above, do we think that they're good for our democracy, and do they sound frighteningly familiar. I'd suggest that on that list of ten items, most have occurred, and given the track record of our current executive branch, all are possible. However, I fear their incompetence as much as their intentions. Given the recent FBI admissions regarding their mishandling of spying powers, I think we all should be concerned. The fact that they admitted it publicly is a definite sign of hope and good faith, however.
Posted by Sirat El Hob, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Apr 26, 2007 at 11:45 pm
It seems the same fascist-supremacists who endorse removing Iraq's entire power structure and murdering 700,000 Iraqis in the process, are the same fascist-supremacists who endorse a media blackout on shooting an unarmed Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Posted by Be careful, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2007 at 11:10 am
Be careful with respect to Northern Irish Nobel peace prize winners. If memory serves me correctly, there was a lot of dissension when this prize was awarded. Something to do with being much too close to siding with hunger strikers, the IRA and anti-Thatcherism.
The Swedish Nobel institute is generally very well regarded, but they did seem to have not looked into all the historical facts when awarding this particular prize.