Monday, February 20, 2006

It Can't Happen Here?

Housecleaning... William Rivers Pitt breaks down this quote by Umberto Eco describing the core elements of fascist states:

"Parliamentary democracy is by definition rotten, because it does not represent the voice of the people, which is that of the sublime leader. Doctrine outstrips reason, and science is always suspect. The national identity is provided by the nation's enemies. Argument is tantamount to treason. Perpetually at war, the state must govern with the instruments of fear. Citizens do not act; they play the supporting role of 'the people' in the grand opera that is the state."

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