Every dictator throughout history seized power in times of crisis and vulnerability when people accept radical solutions to solve the surrounding chaos.
Today, America is chaotic, Americans are vulnerable, and America – the beacon of liberty – is descending towards dictatorship. Our current ideological drift echoes the rise of the most dangerous political philosophies: Fascism and National Socialism, more commonly known as Nazism. Through historical context, the following interpretations illustrate the precarious condition of the United States.
1. The rise of ethnic politics
“Pride in one's own race - and that does not imply contempt for other races - is ... a normal and healthy sentiment.” -Adolf Hitler (1929)
The German Reich’s distinction from other regimes was their suppression of certain ethnic groups. Ethnic identity was prioritized above all else, as they sought for humanity to be ultimately divided along ethnic lines. These beliefs were based on the extremist philosophy of Gregor Strasser who believed that different ethnic groups would always be enemies and can therefore not live together. Hitler sought to bring this philosophy into the mainstream. He made the German people feel separated not by class, economic status, or even gender: but separated by race.
Thus, Joseph Goebbels— Hitler’s Reichsminister of Propaganda & Public Enlightenment— used the prioritization of ethnic identity in the media as a tool to divide the public by race. If somebody was murdered, Goebbels would only mention their name and race. If someone robbed a bank, Goebbels would only mention their name and race. Goebbels and Hitler sought to change the way the people saw the world. To them, a person’s race was their character, values, strengths, weaknesses, their entire identity.
We see this in America today. Most Americans believe that “diversity” refers to the inclusion of various ethnic groups and idolize ethnicity. It is the result of division encouraged by the media that accentuates race as Goebbels did. These tenants of Hitler’s National Socialism are being used to tear America apart.
2. The rise of destabilizing paramilitary groups
“I joined the party– not for any ideological reasons– but because I was a revolutionary.” -Hermann Göring (Nazi Reichsmarschal)
When discussing the rise of Adolf Hitler, many people will ask why nobody opposed him. The answer is very simple: you couldn’t. Many extremist regimes in history, as noted, rose to power in a vulnerable society. However, before rising to power, they play a large role in society enough to pave their way to power. A primary form of weakening the state is through paramilitaries - unofficial but organized political militias that riot, violently disrupts day-to-day life, loot, and destroy public infrastructure in order to express dissatisfaction with the ruling regime.
The main goals of such groups are to suppress political dissidents through the normalization of political violence. Under Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, that paramilitary group was known as ‘The Blackshirts.’ Under National Socialist dictator Adolf Hitler, that paramilitary group was known as ‘The Schutzstaffel’ (Waffen-SS). Today, that paramilitary group is known as ‘Antifa’, a group that forces the hand of the Democrats using violence and civil disobedience to make the Democratic Party go farther left to appease the AntiFa faction. So long as Antifa exists, the threat of political extremism will expand. So long as Antifa forces the hand of this political monopoly, the more vulnerable the American people will become. This is the danger America faces.
3. The rise of purging political opposition
“In every revolution, it has been the rule to brand political opponents as enemies of the Fatherland and so to justify completely depriving them of legal protection and property.” - Carl Schmidt (Nazi Theorist) (1928)
Hitler’s Reichstag Fire Decree (1933) and the Capitol Hill Riot (2021):
Leaders become dictators when they eliminate the threat of political opposition. If the leader of a country were to one day get rid of all opposition, the people would be extraordinarily concerned. Hitler realized this so he sought to make the people want him to silence opposition. Thus, because of the threat of the political violence displayed during the 1933 attack on the Reichstag, Hitler claimed their suppression was justified.
While Adolf Hitler’s NSDAP defeated the opposition in the election of 1932, they had only received a plurality, not a majority. Despite not winning a sufficient majority, there was no runoff election: a decision which the opposition protested. Nonetheless, Adolf Hitler was controversially elected head of state. On Monday, February 27th, 1933– nearly 4 weeks after Adolf Hitler’s victory– a group of 4 German socialists infiltrated and attacked the German house of Parliament known as the ‘Reichstag.’ During this attack, the group broke inside the Reichstag, setting fire to the building, all in a protest of Parliament’s confirmation of Hitler’s position. Afterward, Hitler used the attack as justification for a purge against German socialists, claiming they were “attempting to commit a coup.”
With overwhelming public support, Hitler passed the Reichstag Fire Decree, marking the beginning of the end of free life for Germans, as nearly 3,000 German socialists– all accused of being ‘accomplices’ to the attack on the Reichstag– were criminalized without charge. Meanwhile, in Berlin, the Nazi government cleansed the military of socialist sympathizers. Next, the cleansed and loyal military declared martial law over Berlin, lasting for a year. Meanwhile, in the Berlin police state, the SS criminalized thousands– even murdering many– of innocent citizens the Nazi party identified as “Bolshevik sympathizers.” Additionally, that year, the KDP was banned from the media and even from participating in public elections, thus, solidifying the Nazi’s grip on Germany.
On January 6th, 2021, the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. was stormed as the Senate was to confirm the widely disputed election results recognizing Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 Presidential Election. A group of devout supporters of Donald Trump– who was allegedly defeated by Biden– stormed the capitol to disrupt the confirmation of Joe Biden as head of state. The riot, however, was less of a riot and more of a disorganized and awkward political demonstration. Onlookers noted how protesters didn’t pass the velvet red ropes that closed off certain areas. Many bystanders inside the capitol even confessed that they did not know any riot was occurring. Despite the reality, the media portrayed such events as “QANON insurgencies,” “treasonous,” even going so far as to call the event “an attempted coup” and a “terrorist attack.” The Left and their media outlets did so in an attempt to make the American populace identify the crowd responsible for the event– and anyone who shared any similar sentiments/characteristics to them– as enemies of the state. What followed was a reaction frighteningly similar to Hitler’s reaction to the Reichstag Fire.
After the riots at Capitol Hill, 540 people were arrested and 275 people were convicted. However, following prosecution of the involved parties, 25,000 soldiers were deployed in Washington D.C, being stationed there until March. Besides the implementation of martial law-esque state, the government also forced private citizens to report on those around them. After the attacks, Bank of America went through the financial activities of over 400,000 customers whose private information was transferred to the state department. The FBI– in attempts to document possible threats to the regime– tracked the American people by cell phone, and the military began the cleansing of those who vocalized support for former-President Trump.
4. The rise of racial unrest
“The only stable emotion is hate.” - Adolf Hitler (1926)
To understand how the German people were engulfed by the hateful ideology of National Socialism, studying Kristalnacht is key.
On November 9th, 1938, one Ernst vom Rath was murdered by a man named Hermann Grünspan. However, what made this instance crucial was the fact that vom Rath— the man killed— was an ‘Aryan’ German man. Hermann Grünspan— the convicted murderer— was a 17-year-old Polish Jewish man. Due to Joseph Goebbels’ propaganda and public depiction of German and Jewish relations, tensions were high. As a result, when vom Rath was killed, Goebbels— a hateful anti-Semite— used his media outlets to turn this event into fuel for the anti-Semitic charge against the Jewish community.
After Goebbels’ hateful media campaign, tensions between the German and the Jewish community finally burst. Inhuman, cruel, dangerous— and in some cases, opportunistic— violence erupted. That night, the people took to the streets, committing strings of crimes. As groups roamed throughout urban areas in Germany, shops were looted, people were beaten, and lives were destroyed. However, it wasn’t just Nazis— nor just their SA and SS paramilitaries— committing these crimes, it was ordinary people. Ordinary people— some just caught up in the fanaticism preached by the media, others looking to loot or just to cause chaos– lit the first spark that would become the raging fire of the Holocaust.
On May 25th, 2020, Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed with his knee on the neck of one George Floyd. Floyd died 10 minutes later. What made this instance crucial, in the eyes of the media, was the fact that Floyd— the man killed— was a Black American man. Meanwhile, Chauvin— the accused murderer— was a white male police officer. The media portrayed a supposed widespread, hateful rivalry between Black Americans and American Police.
Following the non-stop media coverage, the tensions between the American Police and the African American community peaked. Widespread inhuman, cruel, dangerous— and in some cases, opportunistic— violence erupted. That night, the people took to the streets, committing strings of crimes. As groups roamed throughout urban areas across the United States, shops were looted, people were beaten, and lives were destroyed. However, it wasn’t just social activist groups— nor left-wing paramilitaries like AntiFa or the DSA—committing these crimes: it was ordinary people. Ordinary people— some just caught up in the fanaticism preached by the media, others looking to loot or just to cause chaos.
5. The ideological control of culture
“If you tell a lie long enough, it will become truth.” - Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Reichsminister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment)
Dr. Joseph Goebbels— the sycophantic leader of Hitler’s Reichsministry of Propaganda & Public Enlightenment— is infamous for his unrelenting grip on the state media. Throughout Germany, from 1933-1945, the media was transformed into a mouthpiece for National Socialism. Goebbels sought to politicize culture and every aspect of life - he funded new films, poster manufacturers, music studios, and more. The intent was to control what every single German consumed, thus owning their thoughts and minds.
First, Goebbels amazed the public when he gave every family a television and state of the art radios— each of which had default channels set as Goebbels’ party broadcasts. Next, with the public distracted by their new toys, he took the next step in controlling minds: burning books. The Reichminister did not immediately burn the books that threatened him; instead, Goebbels was rather random in the first materials he banned. Goebbels banned certain poets and rather comedic authors, distracting the public with the triviality of these authors. With the public distracted by these bans, Goebbels banned all works that threatened the legitimacy of the NSDAP. In the meantime, Goebbels ‘ideologized’ all media– even pop culture.
Expanding, when the Reichstag was attacked in 1934, Goebbels used a surge in public disapproval of the German socialist community to his advantage. Thus, in 1934, Goebbels banned all works published by suspected socialists and/or Jews (who Goebbels identified as “the embodiment of Bolshevism,” due to the Jewish community’s overwhelming support of the KDP in the Election of 1932). Additionally, Goebbels used the media to fire all of their staffers who were ‘dissenters’ and ‘conspirators’ against National Socialism. He solidified the Nazi’s control of ideas. Additionally, Goebbels used the education sector’s (teachers) overwhelming support for National Socialism to restrict literature and material that threatened the legitimacy of National Socialism: They burned the books. The book burning– in the schools and in pop culture– due to public sentiment, was not met with resistance: actually, quite the opposite. As Joseph Goebbels and his Reichsministry of Public Enlightenment burned the thousands of books, the people cheered. The people cheered and encouraged the burning of these books, considering them ‘dangerous,’ as the Reichstag fire demonstrated. As observed by history, this was clearly a strategy to restrict culture and mold society around the tenants of National Socialism. However, Goebbels did not see it as that; to Goebbels, his unlimited and ultimate control over the media was a public service: to Goebbels, it wasn’t propaganda, it was public enlightenment.
Throughout America, from 2016 to the present, the media transformed into a mouthpiece for the progressive and ‘woke’ movement. Through such ideological mouthpieces, the American left sought to politicize culture and every aspect of life. They funded new movies, tv shows, music, social media platforms, and news outlets. However, it appears that their intent was/is to control what every American consumes, thus, owning their thoughts and minds. First, they wowed the public, granting every person access to new seemingly apolitical online platforms.
However, as time went on, the platforms– originally designed to tear down barriers of speech– expanded their power to controlling speech, thus controlling the flow of information between individuals. Additionally, the controllers of speech were choosing who to suppress and who to reward on strictly ideological standards. They did so by controlling the imports & exports of ideas, thus unifying the thought process of the user base around an ideological doctrine. The media did not immediately burn the books that threatened the emerging ideological agenda; instead, they were rather random in the first materials they banned. Thus, the public media 'cancelled’ comedians like Kevin Hart & Bill Burr, actors like Gina Carano & Ricky Gervais, famous authors like Dr. Suess & JK Rowling, even fictional characters like Mr. Potato Head & Pepe Le Pew. They refocused the ideological perspective of the public to fit the regime's frame of reference, ideologizing all media and pop culture.
When the capitol building was attacked in January of 2021, the media took advantage of the surge in disapproval of American conservatives . Social media platforms banned conservative figureheads, politicians, and everyday Americans. Even the President of the United States was banned. In the day following the attack an estimated 70,000 conservative accounts were purged from Facebook alone. While many focused on the bans there were also ‘shadow bannings’, where users were silenced without their removal from platforms . Even political leaders were purged, politicians like Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene were suspended from committees alongside the mass-cancellation of those who the left blamed for the attacks.
The media and the ideologues scapegoated such figures, identifying them as ‘conspirators’ and/or ‘QAnon insurgents.’ Essentially, the left used the media to unify the nation against these ‘conspirators:’ thus, they burned the digital books. The digital book burning, due to public sentiment, was not met with resistance— actually, quite the opposite. As the leaders of this new ‘woke culture’ and the colluding media outlets purged and silenced dissenting voices from the public square, people cheered. The people cheered and encouraged purge, considering the dissent ‘dangerous’,’ as they were shown the capital attack demonstrated. This is clearly a strategy to restrict culture and mold society around the tenants of their ideology of ‘progressivism’ and ‘wokeness.’ However, the media– and the people, for that matter– do not see it as that. To them, the unlimited and ultimate control over the media is a public service. To them, it isn’t digital book burning, it isn’t propaganda; it is public enlightenment.
How America Can Prevent Fascism
As America strives to stabilize by fighting off the threats posed by nature and by man, the nation teeters between preserving liberty and succumbing to Fascist doctrine of suppression. Pursuit for total security will bring an era of suffering. In 2021, surveillance that would make the Gestapo and KGB blush– monitoring individuals’ movements, purchases, relationships, interests, hobbies, and selling it to one another– are employed everyday against ordinary citizens. America will go extinct through the pursuit of security at all costs.
Only through the preservation of the natural rights of man– life, health, family, choice, justice, and the pursuit of happiness– can the United States of America and its people live prosperously.
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