Friday, October 26, 2007

Hoots' Quick Guide to Naomi Wolf's Ten Points

Here is a quick reference list of Naomi Wolf's ten points. After grasping the thesis I find myself saying: Which point does this illustrate? or Which of the Ten Steps is that?

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug caste
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law

Here is a narrative memory aid:

Internal and external enemy threats mandate the creation of a Gulag, supported by thugs and surveillance. By harassing groups and individuals using arbitrary detention and release, and targeting key people, the press [and reading public] can be controlled and manipulated. Dissent becomes treason and the rule of law is suspended.

This post has no meaning unless the reader is familiar with Wolf's book and the thrust of her thesis. Here are linkd to two rather lengthy posts that will take time to cover, even for a fast reader.

Naomi Wolf -- "Fascist America, in 10 easy steps"

Naomi Wolf and the defeat of the Dream Act

The first is copied directly from The Independent and is the work of Naomi Wolf prior to publication of her book. The second is a rant on my part relating how I got hooked. At this point I'm waiting for the rest of the world to take note.

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