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SECRECY, DEMOCRACY, AND FASCISM
Lessons from History

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Published by Julie R Butler
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Copyright 2010 by Julie R Butler


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Secrecy, Democracy, and Fascism
Lessons from History

I recently began a project to examine why it is that people seem to be so susceptible to crazy conspiracy theories, fear-mongering tactics, and mis-directions of attention from finding real solutions to problems that we all face as human beings on this planet. I began this quest for understanding because I cannot understand how polarized the United States of America has become in recent years, due to extremism on the part of the Evangelical Right, which then makes the Progressive Left appear “extreme” to those who do not understand that the underlying problem is that information has been denied most of the population, the press has been hijacked by big business interests with ties to the White House, history has been re-written, and those who seek power for its own sake have allied with those extremists on the right, the religious extremists, the economic extremists, and the political extremists, and skewed the entire country toward their right-wing viewpoints. I speak from the Left in all three of these categories, but I feel that my views are only extreme in regard to religion because I am an atheist, and I am willing to admit that this is an extreme viewpoint because my belief is that religion is entirely independent of facts and knowledge and thus should be a private, not a public, matter. But on the other two fronts, I do not think that my ideas are as radical as the other side would like to paint them to be. That I believe these unconscionable manipulations of information by vested interests to constitute Crimes Against Humanity, as they are creating havoc not only here at home, but across the globe, directly causing great unnecessary suffering through poverty, disease, and violence that we could have avoided had more information and real solutions been freely available, may at first seem pretty radical, but by contrasting these actions with the principles of real democracy, I am asserting that deceit, secretiveness, and opportunism are radical while freedom, democracy, and respect are not.

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