- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1st edition (September 5, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933392797
- ISBN-13: 978-1933392790
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This latest offering from best-selling author Wolf, The Beauty Myth, is a harbinger of an age that may finally see the patriarchal realm of political discourse usurped. Here is Wolf's compellingly and cogently argued political argument for civil rights, not women's rights. She contributes this call to action to a canon that from Plato and Aristotle to Hobbes and Locke and forward, with a few exceptions (e.g., Hannah Arendt), has been largely populated by men. Wolf's work is actually closer to the agitated, passionate polemics of Emma Goldman than the ponderous, philosophical musings of Arendt. Readers will appreciate her energy and urgency as she warns we are living through a dangerous "fascist shift" brought about by the Bush administration. Her chapters outline the "Ten Steps to Fascism" citing historical corollaries (as well as the pigs in Orwell's Animal Farm), with headings like "Invoke an External and Internal Threat," "Establish Secret Prisons," and "Target Key Individuals." In other words, fascism can exist without dictatorship. Her book's publication through a small press in Vermont that is committed to "the politics and practice of sustainable living" rather than through a large trade house is itself a political act. Highly recommended for all collections.
"One of the most important books that's been written, certainly in the last decade or two, and perhaps in my lifetime."--Thom Hartmann, best-selling author and host of The Thom Hartmann Radio Program
"Naomi Wolf 's End of America is a vivid, urgent, mandatory wake-up call that addresses momentous issues of tyranny, democracy, and survival."--Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of the three-volume Eleanor Roosevelt and distinguished professor at John Jay College
"Naomi Wolf sounds the alarm for all American patriots. We must come together as a nation and recommit ourselves to the fundamental American idea that no president, whether Democrat or Republican, will ever be given unchecked power."--Wes Boyd, co-founder, MoveOn.org
"The framers of our Constitution fully understood that it can happen here. Patriots like Madison, Paine, and Franklin would certainly applaud Naomi Wolf and recognize her as a sister in their struggle."--Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again
"You will be shocked and disturbed by this book. Most Americans reject outright any comparison of post 9/11 America with the fascism and totalitarianism of Nazi Germany or Pinochet's Chile. Sadly, the parallels and similarities, what Wolf calls the 'echoes' between those societies and America today, are all too compelling."--Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights
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An impassioned call to action to Americans from all walks of life to restore the checks and balances and our time-honored protections against abuses of power outlined by our Founding Fathers.
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Since reading the book I have read some of the laws she has dicussed - the Military Commissions Act of 2006, for example. It's frightening to me how much power is being accumulated by the executive branch of our government. It's even more frightening that most people don't even seem to care or know about some of the laws she discusses. A related book to take a look at would be: [[ASIN:0743260457 Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror]
In this age of conformity, she dares to think different, at the risk of being labeled an 'unlawful enemy combatant' that she describes in the book. I myself was also stopped at an airport by security about this book, that I was carrying.
If you are a patriot, this is a book you must read. It's an easy read-doesn't require a great knowledge of history-just a little common sense. [
saying for a couple of decades, with emphasis on the GW Bush
regime. Correction: Ms Wolf doesn't go into the false flag
nature of the events (as Alex Jones does) precipitating our
loss of liberty (as we wage a never-ending War on Terror).
She merely cites the many parallels between post 9/11 America and
historical fascist progressions -- in Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy,
Stalin's Russia, etc. Intimidation of the press, secret prisons,
internal state surveillance, dissent branded as treason, corruption of
democratic processes, disinformation and propaganda pervading
print and electronic media, quasi-state military forces
operating beyond conventional restraints -- all
hallmarks of post-9/11 America as well as the historical fascist
Read this book and wake up before it's too late -- or is it already?
I almost forgot that I bought this. It is worth getting so you can see if we, as a nation, advanced or retrogressed since it was published.
Right wing folks will never buy or accept what is written between the covers. But you don't have to be a "liberal" to read this - just be open minded.
I highly recommend this book for members of the human race,
This assault comes from a small group of people who want to secure a `permanent majority' status in order to control State power (access to the executive) and State money (the budget).
War on Terror
The means of this assault by those `special interests' is the `War on Terror', which could `involve' the introduction of emergence decrees in order to close down civil liberties, criminalize dissent and create overall `military' tribunals.
By mythologizing and institutionalizing an external and internal threat - indefinitely - the `War on Terror' justifies and secures enormous and permanent security, surveillance and military budgets.
Democracy v. dictatorship
The ground of democracy is truth; the ground of dictatorship is assertion (lies).
Habeas corpus is the cornerstone of every democracy. A system without habeas corpus is the cornerstone of every dictatorship.
Fascism is an anti-democratic ideology that uses the threat of violence against the individual to subdue the institutions of civil society so that they in turn can be subordinated to the power of the State.
The aim of the `surveillance' authorities is the creation of a general existential fear and concomitantly an intimidated civil society, where you can lose your livelihood if you refuse to comply with the party line or if you say to a colleague that you voted against the grain. With `watch lists' people could have difficulty to get a job or travel, if they are `registered'.
By comparing measures taken by her government with those introduced by Nazi - and Stasi - Germany, by Mussolini's Italy or by Chile's Pinochet, Naomi Wolf sounds the alarm bell for all those who cherish liberty as an essential aspect of human life.
Her call to `save democracy' is a real one.
This pamphlet is a must read for all real democrats.