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    but there is a point of convergence as well. Post WWI Germany was not just in a state of military and economic collapse but social collapse as well. The onrush of modernity was seen as destroying the familiar social and cultural patterns of the past. There was a pervasive sense of displacement, alienation and victimization.

    Consider that the "Tea Party" demographic is concentrated in exurban and rural portions of the country. People in these areas identify with a mythic memory of a small town, agrarian America that was in the process of passing away when I was born. This is a profound social and cultural shift and it's hardly a surprise that a significant segment of the population would feel displaced, alienated and victimized by it.  

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:25:33 PM PST

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    •  Hitler's biggest support came from peasants (0+ / 0-)

      While Germany between the wars had world-beating industrial corporations, its agriculture was little different from how it had been in the 19th century.  It was labor-intensive and unproductive, with the land area per farmer comparable with backward countries such as Ireland, Poland or Romania.  Combined with the unequal distribution of farmland in Germany (much of it in the north and east was monopolized by the Junkers), this meant that most German farming families had to subsist on just a few hectares of land each.  Not surprisingly, Hitler's promises to expand Germany's Lebensraum were music to the ears of German peasants.

      In Hitler's first cabinet, the post of Minister of Agriculture was the only one connected to the economy to be held by a card-carrying Nazi (Walther Darré).  A new class of hereditary family farms (the Erbhöfe) were set up which couldn't be foreclosed, and food prices were fixed artificially high by the Reichsnährstand.  As a result, urban German workers under the Nazis had to spend almost half their income on food. In spite of this (plus efforts to modernize German agriculture), Germany still couldn't be made self-sufficient in food, which is why the Nazis looked to solve the problem by annexing and depopulating Eastern Europe.

      The Nazis were no doubt also confirmed in their belief that Germany needed more Lebensraum by the observation that millions of Germans (and other Europeans) had sought Lebensraum on an individual basis by emigrating to the United States.

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