The weeds of authoritarianism or outright fascism sprout easily in fertile democratic soil. Authoritarian figures like nothing better than to exploit the civil liberties of democracy in order to kill it. It is not clear that even a perfect democracy would be stable, but certainly no known democratic society--especially one with a population as ignorant and amenable to manipulation by politicians with private agendas as that of the U.S.--can be considered stable. A democratic society is a mountain climber perched on a very slippery slope.
Everyone who values civil liberties should keep their eyes peeled for the following (short list of) the black shoots of fascism. Do you see any sprouting in the garden of your democracy?
__________________________________Black Shoots of Fascism
Patriotism tests for professorsPolice failing to prevent mass ethnic violenceViolence against civil rights activistsPublic figures attacking patriotism of peace activistsPublic figures calling for murder of foreign leadersArrests of investigative journalistsArrests of people meeting dissidentsGovernment closing of critical newspapersBuilding “security walls” that enclose minoritiesAdvocating the expulsion of a minorityPolice violence against peaceful demonstratorsArresting activists on the basis of vague, non-falsifiable chargesParamilitary violenceThe open protection by police or the military of paramilitary gangs committing violenceOutlawing the language of a minorityAdvocacy of warGlorification of violenceAdvocacy of nuclear aggressionAdvocacy of preventive war________________________________________________________________
Pull them up while they are small.