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Sliding towards Fascism

George Orwell (1984) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) tried to warn us. Naomi Wolf more recently warned us about this slide in her widely acclaimed  The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot and provided us with a roadmap so we could see how the process unfolds. But too many Americans are in denial about what is happening. Within the last week, the Supreme Court has ruled against certain kinds of class action lawsuits– one of the few weapons the public has against the big corporations. Last year, it was the Citizens United decision, allowing corporations unlimited contributions to political campaigns in the name of “free speech.”

We also have Midwestern governors, following the Koch Brothers script whereby they give more tax cuts to businesses and rich people like the Koch brothers, while taking benefits away from the Middle Class (Wisconsin’s Walker, et al.), in a reverse Robin Hood process. In Michigan, newly strengthened laws allow the Governor to appoint “managers” for towns in financial difficulty, voiding elections, public contracts, etc.– for example, in MI, Benton Harbor has been put in receivership in the care of a manager who is likely to convert a treasured public park into a gated private Golf Course with a $5,000 membership fee. No more Democracy in Benton Harbor. Dozens of other communities are slated for similar take-overs.

And now this:

Proposed Law Makes Investigation of Agribusiness a Crime
Intro: “Several states, including Minnesota, Iowa and Florida, are considering legislation that would make it a felony for activists and journalists to carry out undercover investigations of agribusiness operations, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Kansas and Montana already have similar laws in place.”

Democracy is slipping away from us unless we value it enough to do something about it!

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Joined the Dean Democrats in 2004 in Arizona; became Organizer, Democracy for America, Honolulu Meetup, after moving to Hawaii;
Secretary, Progressive Democrats of Hawaii. Moved back to Arizona, 2009

I grew up in the Midwest, taught Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Wayne State University, Rice University, Colorado State University, and the College of Ganado; Moved to Arizona in 1987 and worked for the American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center until 2004, when the Center went out of business. Retired in 2009 from my job in Hawaii, moved back to Arizona, and am temporarily teaching anthropology at Northern Arizona University

Hobbies: Family History; also, I play bluegrass music on bass & guitar.