By Robert Reich
1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a leven after losing the popular vote.
2. Repeatedly claim fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.
4. Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “” and “.”
6. Tell the public , causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants’ goals.
7. Blame economic stresses on or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even against them.
8. Attribute acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and .
10. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as labor and opposition parties.
Consider yourself warned.
ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fourteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock", "The Work of Nations," and "Beyond Outrage," and, his most recent, "Saving Capitalism." He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, INEQUALITY FOR ALL.