Friday, January 24, 2014

Thug Government and Dangerous Times

"If you want to see what American fascism would look like, well this is it."

This is worrying. (More here.)

It just so happens that I am reading yet another book on the rise of Hitler and the Nazis.  Of course I have long known the details but it is always helpful to be reminded of a few things from time to time.  For example,
- Hitler lost the presidential election 37%-53% in April 1932
- Hitler was appointed Chancellor in January 1933
- The Enabling Law was passed in March 1933

Hitler went from an election defeat to becoming dictator in a span of 11 months. With the right tactics, in the right environment, the bad guys can take over a country.  

Of course, electing the bad guys helps too.  Throw in a little economic misery, and this is how you lose your freedoms, lose a country, and unleash murder, mayhem and war.

Oh, and, not coincidentally, the Nazis talked about their political opponents as extremist and less than human terms.


Post a Comment

<< Home