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At a certain point, even the Gestapo had to stop cancelling people, by Simon Black

Horrors! There’s an internet service called Clubhouse where you can talk with others under the assurance that your words won’t be recorded and you can say what you want without fear. This service must be stopped before people start questioning cancel culture. From Simon Black at sovereign man.com:

On April 26, 1933, the interior minister for the German state of Prussia issued a decree creating a new secret state police, or Geheime Staats Polizei, abbreviated: Gestapo.

The Gestapo was tasked with stamping out all opposition to Germany’s new Chancellor and the party he brought to power one year earlier.

It operated by collecting tips from ordinary citizens, including even school children. And this network of Gestapo informants changed Germans’ behavior almost overnight.

Even a joke about the ruling party could land you in a Gestapo interrogation room. Talking politics around your children became a dangerous gamble.

According to Erik Larson’s book In the Garden of Beasts, 37% of denunciations “arose not from heartfelt political beliefs, but from private conflicts with the trigger often breathtakingly trivial.”

For example in one case, a grocery store clerk reported a customer who insisted on receiving the wrong change. The customer was accused of tax fraud.

Another man lent a banned book to his friend, and was quickly denounced by his friend’s wife.

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Gina Carano Was Right: The Disturbing Parallels Between 2021 America And 1932 Germany, by Revolver

Orwell understood: for tyranny to thrive, so too must hate. Unfortunately in today’s cancel culture, the 2-minute hate is being replaced with the 24-hour hate. From Revolver at revolver.news:

Actress Gina Carano became one of the highest-profile celebrity victims of cancel culture last week, when she was dropped from The Mandalorian, fired by Disney, and dumped by her talent agency. As most people know, Carano’s fatal error was believing she still lived in a society with genuine freedom of expression. Carano’s message was straightforward: Americans are being taught to hate one another, in a manner that disturbingly evokes Germany prior to World War II.

Disney denounced Carano’s post as “abhorrent,” and swiftly kicked her off the show. Reporting on the incident has invited passive bystanders to believe Carano said something anti-Semitic, when of course her post was the exact opposite.

Carano’s post was clumsy, the kind routinely seen from Baby Boomers posting on Facebook. But Carano’s post was ultimately much closer to reality than even her defenders realize. America’s political situation right now carries disturbing similarities to Germany just before the Third Reich. And it isn’t people on the right who resemble Nazis.

But first, a couple things this article is not:

-This is not a rant about “Weimerica.” There are essays claiming that America resembles pre-Nazi Germany based on the rise of transgenderism, a decline in sexual morality, or other social trends. Whether that comparison is valid or not, this essay is focused purely on political culture.

-This is not a shrill claim that “Democrats are Nazis,” that Republicans are treated on par with Jews in Nazi Germany, or anything of the sort. Instead, this is an effort to point out the worrisome and growing parallels between the political culture of late Weimar Germany, and the political culture that America is embracing with more fervor every day.

For decades, the rallying cry against the Holocaust has been “never again.” But “again” will only be “never” if we take care to understand what the precursors to politically-motivated atrocities look like, and stop them before they grow too severe.

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The ‘Good American’, by Dennis Prager

There are definitely some disturbing parallels between the US today and Nazi Germany in 1933. From Dennis Prager at frontpagemag.com:

In my last column, I described how I have come to better understand the moral problem of the “‘good German,’ the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime.”

Watching America accept the rationally and morally indefensible physical and economic lockdown of the country, I concluded: “Apathy in the face of tyranny turns out not to be a German or Russian characteristic. I just never thought it could happen in America.”

In one week, it has gotten worse. Now we are faced with a lockdown on speech the likes of which have never been seen in America. And the parallels with Germany are even more stark. The left-wing party (the Democrats) and the left-wing media (the “mainstream media”) are using the mob invasion of the Capitol exactly the way the Nazis used the Reichstag fire.

On Feb. 27, 1933, exactly one month after the Nazis came to power, the German parliament building, the Reichstag, was set ablaze. The Nazis blamed the fire on their archenemy, the communists, and used the fire to essentially extinguish the Communist Party and its ability to publish, speak or otherwise spread its message. Using the Reichstag fire as an excuse, the Nazis passed the Enabling Act, a law that gave the Nazi chancellor, Adolf Hitler, the power to pass laws by decree — without the Reichstag.

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Reclaiming Your Inner Fascist, by C.J. Hopkins

First reclaim your inner fascist, then tame it, and don’t even think about entering  politics. From C.J. Hopkins at unz.com:

OK, we need to talk about fascism. Not just any kind of fascism. A particularly insidious kind of fascism. No, not the fascism of the early 20th Century. Not Mussolini’s National Fascist Party. Not Hitler’s NSDAP. Not Francoist fascism or any other kind of organized fascist movement or party. Not even the dreaded Tiki-torch Nazis.

It’s the other kind of fascism we need to talk about. The kind that doesn’t come goose-stepping up the street waving big neo-Nazi flags. The kind we don’t recognize when we’re looking right at it.

It’s like that joke about the fish and the water … we don’t recognize it because we’re swimming in it. We’re surrounded by it. We are inseparable from it. From the moment we are born, we breathe it in.

We are taught it by our parents, who were taught it by their parents. We are taught it again by our teachers in school. It is reinforced on a daily basis at work, in conversations with friends, in our families and our romantic relationships. We imbibe it in books, movies, TV shows, advertisements, pop songs, the nightly news, in our cars, at the mall, the stadium, the opera … everywhere, because it is literally everywhere.

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The Orientalism of Western Russophobia, by Max Parry

Does the West’s war with Russia take up where the Nazis left off? From Max Parry at off-guardian.org:

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Edward W. Said’s pioneering book, Orientalism, as well as fifteen years since the Palestinian-American intellectual’s passing. To bid farewell to such an important scholar shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, which Said fiercely criticized until his dying breath before succumbing to leukemia, made an already tremendous loss that much more impactful.

His seminal text forever reoriented political discourse by painstakingly examining the overlooked cultural imperialism of colonial history in the West’s construction of the so-called Orient. Said meticulously interrogated the Other-ing of the non-Western world in the humanities, arts, and anthropology down to its minutiae. As a result, the West was forced to confront not just its economic and political plunder but the long-established cultural biases filtering the lens through which it viewed the East which shaped its dominion over it.

Said's Orientalism

His writings proved to be so influential that they laid the foundations for what is now known as post-colonial theory. This became an ironic category as the author himself would strongly reject any implication that the subjugation of developing countries is a thing of the past. How apropos that the Mandatory Palestine-born writer’s death came in the midst of the early stages of the ‘War on Terror’ that made clear Western imperialism is very much alive.

Despite its history of ethnic cleansing, slavery, and war, the United States had distinguished itself from Britain and France in that it had never established its own major colonies within the Middle East, Asia or North Africa in the heart of the Orient. According to Said, it was now undergoing this venture as the world’s sole remaining superpower following the end of the Cold War with the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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The FBI: The Silent Terror of the Fourth Reich, by John W. Whitehead

The US government has not gone 100 percent down the path trod by Nazi Germany, but it has gone far enough—if one acknowledges all the things it does that are not generally acknowledged—that it should make us quite uncomfortable. From John W. Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“After five years of Hitler’s dictatorship, the Nazi police had won the FBI’s seal of approval.”— Historian Robert Gellately

Lately, there’s been a lot of rhetoric comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The concern is that a Nazi-type regime may be rising in America.

That process, however, began a long time ago.

In fact, as historian Robert Gellately recounts, following the second World War, the U.S. government recruited Hitler’s employees, adopted his protocols, embraced his mindset about law and order, implemented his tactics in incremental steps, and began to lay the foundations for the rise of the Fourth Reich.

Sounds far-fetched? Read on. It’s all documented.

With every passing day, the United States government borrows yet another leaf from Nazi Germany’s playbook: Secret police. Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Censorship. Intimidation. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment. Indoctrination. Indefinite detention.

These are not tactics used by constitutional republics, where the rule of law and the rights of the citizenry reign supreme. Rather, they are the hallmarks of authoritarian regimes, where the only law that counts comes in the form of heavy-handed, unilateral dictates from a supreme ruler who uses a secret police to control the populace.

That danger is now posed by the FBI, whose laundry list of crimes against the American people includes surveillance, disinformation, blackmail, entrapment, intimidation tactics, harassment and indoctrination, governmental overreach, abuse, misconduct, trespassing, enabling criminal activity, and damaging private property, and that’s just based on what we know.

Consider the FBI’s far-reaching powers to surveil, detain, interrogate, investigate, prosecute, punish, police and generally act as a law unto themselves—much like their Nazi cousins, the Gestapo—and then try to convince yourself that the United States is still a constitutional republic.

Just like the Gestapo, the FBI has vast resources, vast investigatory powers, and vast discretion to determine who is an enemy of the state.

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Ben Carson Is Not Politically Correct, But He Is CORRECT, by Karl Denninger

The Second Amendment allows the people to protect themselves from the government, pure and simple. Everything else that is said about the Second Amendment, from both proponents and opponents of gun control or prohibition, is secondary to that primary point. From Karl Denninger at theburningplatform.com:

The latest ditty that has the media all in a tizzy is Ben Carson’s statement that if the Germans had not surrendered their firearms a few years earlier The Holocaust probably wouldn’t have happened — or would have been far less severe.

The number of people who pounced on this is a sad reflection of what our nation and logic — or lack thereof, has become.

The usual nonsense has been trotted out — that Carson’s remarks disrespected those who died in the Holocaust, and particularly in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Nonsense.

It is a fact that in the 30s Germany passed laws essentially disarming the public. The Weimar Republic forced gun registration upon its citizens in 1931. Two years later Hitler came to power via democratic election.

In 1938 Hitler signed a gun control act, banning Jews from working in the firearms industry and banning .22 caliber hollow-point ammunition (very inexpensive ammunition; exactly what you need if you’re poor.) He ordered Jews to surrender their weapons and of course the police had records of everyone who had registered them. This took place literal weeks before Kristallnacht in November of 1938.

This is a historical fact and no amount of bull**** spewing from the left will change it.

The Warsaw Ghetto uprising did indeed fail, but not without some Nazi blood being spilled that otherwise wouldn’t have. The Nazis intended to intern and murder every single Jew present there and but for that uprising they would have succeeded too. As it was they still got most of the Jews, but not all of them, and there was a price, even though the resistance was only able to cobble up a few pistols, improvised grenades and confiscated weapons from the Nazis they killed.

The bigger problem that Carson pointed out, and which the left does not wish to address because it directly runs with their worldview, is that the people of Germany largely lost before the Nazis killed the first person.

They lost because they refused to assert their fundamental rights granted not by a government but vested in them by virtue of their being human, exactly as we are doing today.

Let’s be clear folks — you have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit (but not guarantee) of happiness. You don’t have those rights because a government says so; you have them because you’re human.

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