Jonathan Goldin
Psychotherapist, Podcaster, Eclectic Jew

In Defense of Democracy: The Playbook of Authoritarian/Fascist Movements

Minuteman Statute at the Lexington Battle Green

Here are their tactics:

Step One: cheating – reject or attempt to change the rules of the game in advance


Step Two: alternative facts – if cheating fails, take it up a notch to question the integrity of opponents (This is often referred to as Gaslighting)


Step Three: Scapegoating – find a vulnerable minority group to blame


Step Four: Bullying – to force opponents to give up using unsavory tactics and violating the timeless children’s adage: “Why don’t you pick on someone your own size.”


Step Five: Threaten opponents who don’t back down…escalate the rhetoric and Intimidate


Step Six: Fear takes over, Opponents of Fascism retreat: hopelessness and apathy become widespread


Step Seven: An open Invitation to violence as momentum increases by Fascists and former opponents begin to become Silent Bystanders


Step Eight: Actual violence is inevitable, as a lack of vigilance and a false sense of security by opponents signals Open Season


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About the Author
Jonathan (Johnny) Goldin is a psychotherapist (LICSW) in private practice for more than 20 years, first in Amherst and now Lexington, MA. Known particularly for his work with Adult ADHD he completed his MSW at Boston University in 1997, received a J.D. from American University Law School 1982 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1983. He's been to Israel seven times between 1969-1994 and lived in Jerusalem 71-72. Born and raised near Washington, DC, he's also lived in the Bay Area (CA), the Boston Area, and Western Massachusetts.
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