Friday, November 09, 2007

Naomi Wolf: Fascist America, in 10 easy steps | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

Naomi Wolf: Fascist America, in 10 easy steps | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

It is a mistake to think that early in a fascist shift you see the profile of barbed wire against the sky. In the early days, things look normal on the surface; peasants were celebrating harvest festivals in Calabria in 1922; people were shopping and going to the movies in Berlin in 1931. Early on, as WH Auden put it, the horror is always elsewhere - while someone is being tortured, children are skating, ships are sailing: "dogs go on with their doggy life ... How everything turns away/ Quite leisurely from the disaster."

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