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Naomi Wolf Introduces "The End of America," Her Controversial New Book

If there's any truth to Naomi Wolf's thesis, Americans need to take the 2008 election very seriously.

In this talk at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus (October 11, 2007), Wolf details the ten steps required to turn a democracy into a fascist state. These steps were followed in Germany and Italy before World War II, and Wolf find disturbing parallels in the U.S. today.

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Comment by Small Revolutions on October 4, 2008 at 8:00pm
Comment by C.Most on March 10, 2008 at 10:49pm
p.s. Chi-man, isn't EFT great???
Comment by C.Most on March 10, 2008 at 10:47pm
And that's how change happens . . .one person at a time participating not checking out.

BE the change we want to see happen.
Comment by Chi-man on March 2, 2008 at 10:05pm
After viewing Ms. Wolfe's video and reading you good people's comments I am still left very pessimistic. I sure wish I wasn't, & if anybody can convince me otherwise, I am very open. Ms. Wolfe's solution of millions of people rising up to voice their opinions seems totally ineffective after the body of her presentation. The fear is already installed. If you speak out, you'll be put on 'the list', investigated by the FBI or worse, incarcerated and tortured. The previous videos on Super Life attest to the fact that martial law is already being practiced in schools in Texas. Large detention camp facilities are being built (to house the thousands of dissenters?) This was already done to about a hundred youth - peaceful - anti-Bush policy marchers during the Republican Convention in Chicago in 2004. Purses, cell phones, etc. taken away, they were detained on a greasy asphalt chain-linked fence area on one of Chicago's piers. Released 3 days later with no charges, just a purposeful scare deterrent!
I can't see where voting does any good either. The candidates are all rigged. The independent ones I voted for sure aren't to get anywhere with their limited campaign funds. Even if 100% of the populace voted, they're mostly so uninformed and vote so emotionally anyway, that the candidate's propaganda works 100% of the time.
I remember I turned off a lot of people (even my 25 yo son) and lost a few friends by preaching how bad Bush was, to wit the 9-11 conspiracy evidence. The Conservative Christians got all mesmerized with him because they bought hook line & sinker the "pray in the oval office" ploy. Even a very highly spiritual org. in Minneapolis said he was the best candidate 'cuz he advocated anti-abortion.
My overview is that the majority of the population's mentality can be compared to cattle! Very few think. Many in the church I frequent act like cattle, they believe everything they read. This even goes for my relatives. I consider them very intelligent and well informed. But there's no spiritual foundation behind their convictions, just emotional political brainwash. Even tho I don't consider any of us on this forum cattle, I don't think there's enuf of us. Correct me if I'm wrong. So I meditate, pray and do emotional freedom therapy on one person at time, and that is the only way I'm seeing a difference in life around me. Chi-Man
Comment by C.Most on February 28, 2008 at 4:47pm
An afterthought to my posting . . . .
I've noticed that there have been 74 views of this video but just 3 commentators . . . .

It may be scary to take a risk but consider the consequences of being in the silent majority . . .

What will be our legacy?
What kind of world do you want to leave your grandchildren?
Comment by C.Most on February 28, 2008 at 4:43pm
To clarify my call to action . . . .what I really want to impress on everyone is that please, please, don't sit idly by and watch all of these events just unfold. Make your opinions known, participate in the process, write letters and call in to talk radio, post on blogs to companies, media outlets and government officials to voice your disagreement and offer better ideas for change.
Comment by C.Most on February 28, 2008 at 11:19am
This was just chilling.

And the reason I spent nearly ten years living in Eastern Europe trying to understand what the process is that a normal citizen has to go thru in their own mind to make these compromises that give up their freedoms.

Please, Please, Please, people, understand that
Democracy is not a spectator sport.

"The Government" is not some autonomous entity out there ~

It's US!

WE are the government, so take it seriously.

Use your own Cultural Compass and your instincts to respond. You've got a solid sense of what is right and wrong.

Silence is the same as acceptance.

Let's show what's most near and dear to us by a showing in the polls with no less than 75-80% voter turn-out!
We can can do it and it would send a message to other countries around the world that Americans are people who care, NOT fat, lazy, decadent, wasteful, greedy and corrupt war-mongers.

There is always a choice . . . . .
Comment by Dick Samson on February 28, 2008 at 9:56am
I agree that every act of voting, when based on informed concern, is a reassertion of freedom and democratic health. But voting based on misinformation from a controlled media can solidify control by a minority.

Communism never took hold in America, but democracy is not the clear winner. Fascism has gained a foothold, Wolf warns.

In communism, the government owns business. In fascism, business owns government. The big question is, to what extent do special interest groups, mostly commercial, own Congress and the Presidency today?

Non-voting citizens are no match for pro-active lobbyists and campaign contributors. But the tide can turn. Knowledgeable, empowered voters can win the day and revive the real America.
Comment by Alexander on February 28, 2008 at 12:51am
Anyone for a Super Democracy
I have not seen the clip as yet, My connection is slow and it is taking ages to download.
But I want to comment on a myth that seems to pervade most of the United States.
That myth is that we live in a democracy. A democracy is not what you have when only around half the members of the nation vote.

The ones left out are generally the social classes with lower economic status and rather less education standards. However it is very important that the myth be crushed. I am saddened to see the very wealthy ignore the rights of the poor which remain un-addressed by those in power.

Perhaps some young mothers who live out of automobiles would get some services to protect their human rights if everyone was encouraged to vote and if they refuse, receive a small community service order.

When Every eligible citizen has cast a vote
you get a Super Democracy

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Comment by Dick Samson on February 26, 2008 at 7:17pm
Fellow SuperLife members, please be very careful when posting comments, videos, or forum entries on this topic.

An open mind -- fair to all points of view -- is very important. The appearance of an open mind is also important. Reflect that anything appearing here will be available the citizens and officials of all persuasions.

I believe it is especially vital to treat our elected leaders with the respect they deserve. If Wolf's view has merit, the dangers she presents could be due to laxity or good intentions. Corrective action, to the extent warranted, need not demonize anyone.

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