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Today’s Freedom Report podcast looks at recent comments by Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson over whether the United States could turn into a fascist state resembling Nazi Germany. Carson disagreed with an assertion that “a situation like what took place in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s could never happen in America,” it was reported.
“If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts, it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech,” Carson said.
He said, “If people don’t speak up for what they believe, then other people will change things without them having a voice. Hitler changed things there and nobody protested. Nobody provided any opposition to him.”
Carson was asked later if his jabs were intended to be aimed at President Obama, but he responded: “No. I am saying in a situation where people do not express themselves, bad things can happen. I think that example is pretty clear.”
Is Carson right? Could America turn into a fascist state? Is political correctness a sign of the demand for enforced conformity? In his seminal work “The Road to Serfdom,” economist F.A. Hayek described the processes by which a democracy can turn into a dictatorship. Today’s show will look at the steps a nation must take to turn into a dictatorship, and contrasts that with the United States today.