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  •  Up to a point we have economic woes (14+ / 0-)

    But Germany in 1929 was in a desperate state.

    The Wiemar Republic had borrowed heavily to pay reparations to the allies after WW I.

    They could not meet the payments and hyper-inflation hit their economy literally leaving the currency valueless. People were taking their life-savings simply to buy groceries for the week .... the wheel barrow was worth more than the money filling it!

    People were jobless and starving on a massive scale and a proud nation was dying.

    Into that came a charismatic leader promising a return to sanity, and jobs. He had a handy scapegoat because the German people had already bought the lie that the Jews were responsible for all the financial ills. They weren't, actually, but truth always takes a hit when folk are desperate.

    Even Adolph Hitler, even in those times, had to get elected. He had tried violent revolution and had been imprisoned for it.

    So a few similarities do not make a climate suitable for another Hitler ... although eternal vigilance is never a bad thing.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:21:14 AM PST

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    •  Sort of like what German bankers are now (5+ / 0-)

      imposing on Greece and other countries.  

      That's why I do not understand the austerity demands of the bankers.  Have they so soon lost track of their own awful history.  

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:25:00 PM PST

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