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    to do what you are doing. One way to understand the modern Republican party is as an emerging Oligarchy evolving into Authoritarianism. Hannah Arendt studied the fascists of the 30's and 40's and Chris Hedges studies the modern Republican party and the religious right. His book about them is called "American Fascists". Here's what Ahrendt says about the "urban legends":

    Before they seize power and establish a world according to their doctrines, totalitarian movements conjure up a lying world of consistency which is more adequate to the needs of the human mind than reality itself; in which, through sheer imagination, uprooted masses can feel at home and are spared the never ending shocks which real life and real experiences  deal to human beings and their expectations. The force possessed by totalitarian propaganda- before the movements have the power to drop iron curtains to prevent anyone’s disturbing, by the slightest reality, the gruesome quiet of an imaginary world- lies in its ability to shut the masses off from the real world.

    _Hannah Arendt, “The Origins of Totalitarianism”

    Quoted from Chris Hedges “American Fascists” Chap 6

    "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

    by johnmorris on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 02:16:40 PM PDT

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