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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Listorama: 10 steps to tyranny

As noted by Naomi Wolf in G2 in today's Guardian:

  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.

Plausible, no? Also, an obvious deepening of the ideas of the more widely known '5 steps to tyranny' (see point 7 on the link):

  1. Us and them
  2. Obedience to the leader
  3. Do them harm
  4. Join in doing them harm or stand by to let others do them harm
  5. Exterminate them.

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