Friday, February 23, 2007

Bush and the F-word in 2006: Police State or Progressivism in 2007?

By Heather Wokusch. December 30, 2006

It's not overstating the case to say that 2007 could be make or break for US democracy.

The Bush administration's cutbacks and rollbacks in 2006 were so frequent and so egregious that many Americans stopped paying attention, gave up hope or else failed to see the onslaught as part of a larger pattern.

Which brings up the f-word.In 2003, Laurence W. Britt wrote a seminal article comparing fascist regimes, such as Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy, to life under Bush. While the term fascism has been widely overused (in August, Rumsfeld even accused war critics of "a new type of fascism") Britt's analysis eerily resonated back then and is worth a second look today.

This two-part series recaps Bush's record in 2006 under the framework of Britt's "fourteen common threads" of fascism and makes predictions for 2007.

(Click here to read more)

Click here for Part 2;
Return of Bush and the F-Word in 2007

Click here for Part 3;
Making a Killing on Perpetual War: Bush and the F-Word Forever