Letter: The seven easy steps to fascism

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

A little primer on fascism:

1. Create a sense of victimization.

2. Blame “them” using words like vermin, infestation, those people.

3. Declare only strength can save the nation.

4. Demonize established law, the courts and democratic institutions as weak and ineffective.

5. Delegitimize a free press as fake, the enemy of the people, and a liberal tool used to attack and further weaken the nation.

6. Bully, mock, threaten, intimidate the other branches of government and subsume their power and influence.

7. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

That was Germany, 1928-1932.

We’re not there ... yet.

Jay B. Welsh