To live in this process is
absolutely not to be able to notice it — please try to believe me —
unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity,
than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so
small, so inconsequential, so well explained, or on occasion,
"regretted," that, unless one were detached from the whole process
from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was
in principle, what all these "little measures" that no "patriotic
German" could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it
developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn
growing. One day it is over his head.
Milton Mayer, quoting a German friend.
"They Thought They Were Free" (1955)
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both
instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly
unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of
change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims
of the darkness.
William O. Douglas
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does not have a monopoly on political myth-making. The
Democrats, while minor leaguers compared with the Repubs , have
a few myths of their own. Here are three of them.
The Road to Catastrophe.
The American public has been
led along a road to ruin by a set of dogmas that are
unsupported by the historical record, by empirical evidence,
and by practical experience. They are social atomism, market
fundamentalism and spontaneous order. These dogmas, which
are generally labeled as “conservative.” might be more
accurately called “regressive,” since they reject much of
the economic and political wisdom acquired in the past
century. (From October 14, 2008)
Conscience of a Progressive.
A Book in Progress
the World, I Want to Get Off:" Trump and Authoritarianism.
We know how dangerous and toxic Trump is to
democracy; much more scary are the millions supporting him and
his aggressive bullyboy tactics. Across the globe, millions
yearn for charismatic authoritarians to help them deal with the
confusing social and personal chaos in their lives. Here are
some hints for how to confront our homegrown demagogue.
The Fast Lane To Fascism: A Review of John Dean's
"Conservatives Without Conscience"
"Democracy is not
a spectator sport that can be simply observed. To the
contrary, it is difficult and demanding, and its very
survival depends on active participation. Take it for
granted, and the authoritarians, who have already taken
control, will take American democracy where no
freedom-loving person would want it to go. But time has run
out, and the next...national election cycles will define
America in the twenty-first century, for better or worse.” (Originally
posted August 1, 2006)