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The End of America

by Carrie Swiggum 


Tags: Naomi Wolf, End of America, government, dictator, tyranny, The Beauty Myth, IndiePix, Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg,

Many Americans consider Hitler’s rise to power and Germany’s subsequent transformation into a fascist state to be a unique historical phenomenon. “That can’t happen here” still hails as an oft-repeated bias. Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth, challenges this logic head-on in her new movie from her best-selling book of the same name, The End of America, and illustrates how any nation can go from a democracy to a dictatorship in 10 foolproof steps.

“The great dictators learn from one another,” Wolf reveals, from having secret torture prisons to restricting the press and operating a paramilitary force—compare Bush’s Blackwater to Mussolini’s Black Shirts, for example. This film provokes anxiety and anger, but promotes faith in Obama’s promise of transparency. Wolf encourages us to value our rights in the Constitution as rights and not mere privileges.

Distributed by IndiePix Films.