Are We Like N*zi Germany?…Not Quite Yet
by Andy Joppa
Every time someone compares the current America to N*zi Germany it tends to be rejected out of hand. There are several disparate reasons that are cited. The first, and most common, is that the reader tends to believe these analogies are overused and serve little to no purpose. There is some validity to this challenge. The next is that because of the ultimate horror represented by the Third Reich that any comparison is inherently erroneous…nothing could ever be that grotesque… and nothing could ever be in the future. This position is provably wrong.
My personal source of rejection is that the corrupt leadership of any two-bit tyranny will find, or manufacture ways, to align their enemies with that regime; our American Left for example and their ongoing fabrications against Trump and his Maga supporters. In fact, it is only this comparison that is received without any pushback in our debased culture and legal system This, of course teaches all of the wrong things, opposite in fact, about The Reich.
However, one more source of rejection is the failure to understand what these comparisons suggest and how they are derived. It is this last basis of rejection that I will write about. The fact that these comparisons are misused or manipulated does not mean there isn’t a significant amount to learn by understanding the human behavioral patterns that emerged in N*zi Germany compared to other political entities. Ultimately, we are not really comparing anything to The Third Reich. We are comparing The Reich, and others like it, to those behavioral patterns that we can identify having been repeated over the millenniums.
This perspective of the N*zi regimes uniqueness is driven by the assumption that it sprang spontaneously from the belly of the German cultural beast. That is was so distinctive in its origin and forms that nothing could be compared to it…since…or before. They suggest that the events leading to the full horrors of the Reich and their most grotesque manifestations could only be understood or considered within those German variables; World War I, the Communist threat, the historical culture of the nation and its general antipathy to its Jewish citizens. No…nothing can be compared to it, it is suggested, nor can anything be learned from it. I believe this perspective is wrong once again. It is also a dangerous view to hold.
N*zi Germany was only the 20th centuries most egregious example of a pattern that evolved throughout human history. It’s legal rise to power followed by the imposition of a rigid authoritarian rule. This has always been linked with what can be referred to as a centralized police force, coupled with a domestic spying on its own citizens. All these regimes used violence or threats of violence and most were extremely militaristic in their external actions. Most importantly, and of significance for this discussion, is that N*zi Germany evolved from patterns of human behavior that have always, and continue, to exist. So, in reality, what is being discussed with these comparisons is how both The Third Reich was, and now America is, being impacted by these behavioral tendencies. Germany just happens to be the most commonly used model because of our acute awareness of its history and since its characteristics are so easily measured.
However, beyond Germany, and in the same time frame, we can see many others that displayed the same, or very similar, abhorrent characteristics:
In the Independent State of Croatia was the Ustaša from 1941-1945.
Hungary had their Arrow Cross Part from 1944-1945
Guard of Great Albania (1939–1943) Evolved from Albanian Fascist Party.
Bulgarian National Socialist Workers Party came into being in 1932.
National Fascist Community in Czechoslovakia originated in 1925.
The Iron Guard in Romania opened Romanian Fascism in 1926.
The point to me made here is that these nations evolved their tyrannies independently of N*zi Germany, but all showed the same behavioral characteristics. N*zi Germany was only unique within its success of fulfilling its horrid “mission.” This was a factor of their infrastructure and economic resources and not, essentially, because they were a greater source of evil.
This leaves unanswered the question of how best to determine if a country is moving in the same direction as N*zi Germany and the others to which I alluded. There is only one sure fire method of making this determination…gun control.
History is full of examples of governments disarming their citizens with the promise that they will be protected by the state only to be brutally betrayed.
What follows is a litany of blood that has not been taught in American in nearly one hundred years:
1911: Turkey; citizens disarmed – 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered
1929: Russia; citizens disarmed – 20 million Russians murdered
1935: China; citizens disarmed – 20 million Chinese killed
1938: Germany; citizens disarmed – 6 million Jews murdered
1956: Cambodia; citizens disarmed – 1 million “intellectuals” killed
1964: Guatemala; citizens disarmed – 100,000 Mayan Indians massacred
1970: Uganda; citizens disarmed – 300,000 Christians put to death.
Returning to my basic question. If America is to be compared to N*zi Germany using the most significant variable that can be measured, it must be gun control. No matter what distortions are created by the Left and their minions in the media, the proof positive of which political faction is moving us in that direction must be the Progressive/Left.
Regardless of how many times they scream Trump, Trump, Trump or MAGA, MAGA, MAGA…we know that he, and they, are not the source of our rapid movement toward N*zi like fascism. We know it’s the Left and their constant push toward total gun control that most moves us toward a replication of N*zi Germany.
This argument closes with that one, irrefutable, point. If complete gun control occurs, I fear there will be nothing to prevent us from becoming The N*zis of the 21st Century…everything else is already in place.