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.

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Austin Petersen is the chief executive officer of Stonegait LLC, a for-profit consulting firm specializing in photo and video services. Stonegait also provides social media advice, political campaign expertise and grassroots organizing strategies to candidates for office or to brands looking for more exposure. Petersen is the editor in chief of The Libertarian Republic news magazine, one of the most read political news sites in the United States. He also hosts The Freedom Report podcast, which has 30,000 daily listeners. Petersen is the former Director of Production at FreedomWorks and was an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show, “Freedom Watch” on the Fox Business Network. Petersen built Judge Napolitano’s social networks boasting over 600,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. His work has appeared in Getty, Reuters, the LA Times, NBC and Time Magazine. He is also a frequent contributor on television appearing on Russia Today and on dozens of local radio shows. Austin grew up on a farm in the Midwest in a town called Peculiar, Missouri. Graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in the Fine Arts, Petersen moved to New York City after graduation to a pursue a career in media.