April 11, 2024

In her 2007 book, The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot, Dr. Naomi Wolf warned readers of ten steps repeatedly used by those seeking to closing down a democracy. Wolf describes the slide from democracy into a totalitarian state that follows a pattern that can be observed across nations for over a century. Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mussolini’s Italy, East Germany, Pinochet’s Chile, Czechoslovakia, Romania under Ceausescu, communist China, and North Korea are all examples cited in Wolf’s book.

Four years into the ‘pandemic,’ The End of America provides a lens for understanding the decline of democracy, not only in America, but across Western democracies. In an article I had published on April 5, 2024, on propagandainfocus.com, I discuss the ten steps studied in Dr. Wolf’s book to reflect on recent political developments in Canada. Most of these steps are on display in Canada in 2024. Here is a link to “The End of Canada: The Shift from Democracy to Totalitarian Behaviour in the ‘Pandemic Era‘”

On the morning of April 11, 2024, I discussed the article with Jason Lavigne on his podcast. Here is the link: “Ray McGinnis and Canada’s Shift to Totalitarian Behaviour on The Lavigne Show

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