First, express hatred toward minorities,
whipping up anger against them.
Second, denigrate political opponents,
calling them liars, lazy and criminals.
Third, belittle the veracity of the press,
insisting they lie repeatedly.
Fourth, challenge the intelligence agencies,
arguing you know better than they.
Fifth, speak directly to one’s followers,
bypassing the traditional media.
Democracy is delicate and fascism
can grow like a weed, even without water.
David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingpeace.org). He is the author and editor of many books on peace and nuclear weapons abolition, including “Speaking of Peace: Quotations to Inspire Action.”
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