In her book
The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
, scholar NaomiWolf undertook to research the
blueprint that’s been used time and againthroughout history to close down democracy and establish authoritarian states. Sheidentified 10 major steps in the process:
Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy2.
Create a gulag3.
Develop a thug caste4.
Set up an internal surveillance system5.
Harass citizen’s groups6.
Engage in arbitrary detention and abuse7.
Target key individuals8.
Control the press9.
Equate dissent with treason10.
Suspend the rule of law
Do any of these measures sound familiar? While Canada is not America, since 9/11 wehave been following in its footsteps by integrating certain troubling laws, assumptions,and tactics into our culture. Under the pretext of keeping us safe from terror (whenyou’re in fact more likely to be hit by lightning) similar changes are being adoptedincrementally throughout the Western world – as this free, non-partisan bookletendeavours to show. While limited to presenting a sketch of the real issues facing usand thus unlikely to convince some, it’s hoped that this humble effort will at least assistin opening up a dialogue about the differences between liberty and tyranny, ratherthan the farcical distraction of ‘left’ vs. ‘right’. Canadians are fortunate to live in one of the freest countries in the world, but recent events demonstrate this is a situation wecan hope to maintain only by becoming engaged, active, and aware of what’shappening under the radar of our busy lives and the evening’s soundbites that pass fornews…