Germany was just like America in 1933. Banks were failing, bankruptcy was everywhere, selfishness–not the government that attacked Serbia–was blamed. The country was burdened by crushing debt. There were law-and-order Christian altruists who wanted to Make Germany Great Again. Opposed to them were communists and socialists who believe the world owes them a living at someone else’s expense. Germany had been desperately weak, forfeiting land and other assets to her conquering enemies. Germans–especially women and children–were literally dying of starvation in 1919, when Christian American Food Czar Herbert Hoover came to their rescue with trainloads of victuals. American occupation protected unarmed German civilians from military police brutality that year. The Weimar government soon tried devaluing her currency into utter worthlessness to make assets not worth forfeiting.
Herbert Hoover’s 1931 Moratorium on Brains helped German Christian National Socialism spend other people’s money on a rise to power, just as George Bush Junior’s first Executive Order established a White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives making These States a religious satrapy. The result in both cases was the funnelling of taxpayer money into mystical pressure groups, making major cities targets for terrorist bombings. But out of the confusion in Germany in 1933 there arose a patriotic master persuader to unify the country. The Chancellor of the Reich told Christians “you are right! We need more faith-based altruism in government; citizens only! confiscation of profits! official national language! Positive Christianity!” He turned to the Socialists and told them “you are right! We need government education! legal measures against liars and deniers! strong central authority! expropriation without compensation!” The Great Persuader unified the country by telling “both” groups lobbying for coercion that total control was the answer. This stuff sells! George Orwell reminded us that “As late as the autumn of 1945, a Gallup poll taken among the American troops in Germany showed that 51 percent “thought Hitler did much good before 1939”.
Soon everyone in Germany the slightest bit jewish was living in a movie in which they were fighting against a monster called Hitler, but most German voters lived in a movie where they got the party and president, I mean Fuehrer, they wanted for the changes they preferred. Same planet, different realities. This is where solipsistic nihilism takes entertainers who evade values and causality and imagine everything is a matter of opinion. Republicans are uncomfortable talking about National Socialist values–Christianity, Jobs, Law and Order… in fact, Vichy Southern France, which capitulated without being exactly defeated by the Germans, changed its motto from Liberté, Fraternité, Egalité to Travaille, Famille, Patrie! It doesn’t get any more Republican and faith-based than that. How did things come to such a pass?
People made fun of the Great Persuader’s moustache in 1933, just as they make fun of the Great Persuader’s hair in 2016. But it’s only been 83 years of altruism v. altruism, and some people are slow learners. If you are tired of reliving yesterday’s communist-fascist Groundhog day over and over again, consider making a donation to the Libertarian Party. We’re all about tomorrow.