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  •  Point? (0+ / 0-)

    1) What does Austrian politics or economics in the 1930s have to do with any assertion anybody has made here? Please be very specific, because I'm really puzzled as to what you're addressing.

    2) Assuming Breitner put together some "socialized" taxation system and that it was the cause of some improvement in Vienna, how does this apply to the USSR in the same period? And what the heck does Breitner being Jewish have to do with anything under discussion?

    3) You seriously believe that, had rightist elements in Austria been put under a tight lid, Hitler would lost any interest in forcible unification? An issue so politically potent that it had been particularly forbidden by the Versailles Treaty—but Hitler, given his devotion to both the treaty and the rule of law, would have kept German troops within the treaty borders? I'm doubtful.

      •  Let me help you out, hmi: (1+ / 0-)
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        Start with Charles A. Gulick, "Austria. From Habsburg to Hitler." Still the standard introductory survey. Steven Beller, "A Concise History of Austria" has a few superb chapters, and is obviously more up-to-date.

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        by WOIDgang on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 08:54:56 AM PST

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    •  You hate communism, fine! (2+ / 0-)
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      GayHillbilly, gjohnsit

      I agree, but the nit-picking and faux obtuseness seems inconsistent with someone that self-identified as having 40 years of studying and teaching American government in their resume.

      Additionally, if all that wisdom and experience leads you to this conclusion:

      I am strongly of the opinion that it is unlikely that fascism (in any clear meaning of the term) would be a likely outcome.

      then I would say that Sinclair Lewis and Smedley Butler, among many others, would disagree.

      I'm a bit more agnostic.

      The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed. ~ Abraham Lincoln

      by ozsea1 on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 11:23:49 PM PST

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