The End of America (by Naomi Wolf)

Finished The End of America: Letter of Warning to A Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf this weekend.  It’s pretty thorough, and all and all fairly cautious for a book that is essentially a warning and rallying call to try and save our democracy in this country.  She goes through ten red flags that a democracy is experiencing a “fascist shift” which makes it vulnerable to being taken over by a dictator. She reflects on Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, Communist China, Pinochet’s Chile, and various Latin American dictatorships to understand some similarities, as well as some differences, which should give us some hope for our country. It’s really a must read.  

It was a truism to the Revolutionary generation that if the fragile mechanism became unbalanced, American leaders too would revert to brutality.  We are so far removed from the tyranny that the nation’s first patriots experienced personally that we have forgotten this crucial insight, we have even forgotten to consider how obvious it was to the fathers and mothers of this country…The price of liberty, the generation that debated and created the Constitution understood, is eternal vigilance.”  (Wolf, page 29)


~ by realsupergirl on June 22, 2008.

One Response to “The End of America (by Naomi Wolf)”

  1. […] two things in the same place on the space-time continuum makes it look more and more clear that the fascist shift that Naomi Wolf warned us about is […]

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