Hitler as the "Feel Good Dictator"
Hitler took great care to pamper and coddle his people and they loved him -- and the Nazi regime -- for it.
A well-respected German historian has a radical new theory to explain a nagging question: Why did average Germans so heartily support the Nazis and Third Reich? Hitler, says Goetz Aly, was a"feel good dictator," a leader who not only made Germans feel important, but also made sure they were well cared-for by the state.
Hitler not only fattened his adoring"Volk" with jobs and low taxes, he also fed his war machine through robbery and murder, says a German historian in a stunning new book. Far from considering Nazism oppressive, most Germans thought of it as warm-hearted, asserts Goetz Aly. The book is generating significant buzz in Germany and it may mark the beginning of a new level of Holocaust discourse.
Hitler took great care to pamper and coddle his people and they loved him -- and the Nazi regime -- for it. A well-respected German historian has a radical new theory to explain a nagging question: Why did average Germans so heartily support the Nazis and Third Reich? Hitler, says Goetz Aly, was a"feel good dictator," a leader who not only made Germans feel important, but also made sure they were well cared-for by the state.
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Rex RexCurry.net Curry - 8/10/2005
Another school year is here and it is time to teach students about their right not to chant the Pledge of Allegiance. As a libertarian lawyer, I provide pro bono services in schools nationwide (& by this letter) to educate students and teachers about their right to reject robotic ritualism. Please help, and also inform everyone about my new historical discoveries:
1. The USA’s first Pledge used a straight-arm salute and it was the origin of the salute of the monstrous National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis). It was not an ancient Roman salute. http://rexcurry.net/pledgesalute.html
2. The Pledge began with a military salute that then stretched outward toward the flag. Due to the way that both gestures were used, the military salute led to the Nazi salute. The Nazi salute is an extended military salute. http://rexcurry.net/book1a1contents-pledge.html
3. The Pledge’s creator was a self-proclaimed socialist in the nationalism movement in the USA and his dogma influenced socialists in Germany, and his pledge was the origin of their salute. "Nazi" means "National Socialist German Workers' Party." A mnemonic device is the swastika (Hakenkreuz in German). Although the swastika was an ancient symbol, it was also used sometimes by German National Socialists to represent "S" letters for their "socialism." Hitler altered his own signature to use the same stylized "S" letter for "socialist."
The Pledge is part of the USA’s growing police-state. Our insane government could cause comatose persons to pledge dis-allegiance, desecrate the flag, and recite a declaration of independence. Remove the pledge from the flag, remove flags from schools, remove schools from government.
Yours in Liberty, Rex Curry Attorney At Law http://rexcurry.net
(The above is 250 words or less and serves as a letter to the editor. Additional comments follow)
Government schools will never teach children about their pledge rights, nor the truth about the pledge and its author.
Most comments fail to ever mention that Francis Bellamy and his cousin Edward Bellamy were National Socialists in the USA, wrote for and supported their "Nationalist" and "New Nation" magazines, the "Nationalist Educational Association" and pushed their totalitarian dogma in their "Nationalism" clubs worldwide, including in Germany, and that the bible of their movement, Edward Bellamy's book "Looking Backward" was translated into every major language including the languages of those countries that became home to totalitarian socialism and the socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part) under the National Socialist German Workers' Party (21 million dead), the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (62 million dead), and the Peoples' Republic of China (35 million dead). It is easy to see why anyone would want to cover all of that up, but it should not be covered up.
In the USA, the Bellamy dogma supported a government takeover of education. The government's schools imposed segregation by law and taught racism as official policy. The USA's behavior was an example for three decades before the Nazis. As under Nazism, the Jehovah's Witnesses, and blacks and the Jewish and others in the USA attended government schools that dictated segregation, taught racism, and persecuted children who refused to perform the straight-arm salute and robotically chant the pledge. Some kids were expelled from government schools and had to use the many better alternatives. There were acts of violence. When Jesse Owens competed in the 1936 Olympics in Germany, his neighbors attended segregated government schools where they saluted the flag with the Nazi salute. The U.S. practice of official racism even outlasted the horrid party. And the schools and the Pledge still exist. The Pledge is still the most visible sign of the USA's growing police state.
After segregation in government's schools ended, the Bellamy legacy caused more police-state racism of forced busing that destroyed communities and neighborhoods and deepened hostilities.
Bellamy was a self-proclaimed national socialist in the USA, with the "Nationalist" magazine, and he preached what he called "military socialism." The federal flag darkens schools because Bellamy wanted government to take over all schools and to eliminate all of the better alternatives. Worse, Bellamy wanted the government to take over everything, not just schools. He wanted the government to impose the military system on all of society. School flags are a symbol of nationalization, militarism, and socialism.
The Bellamy dogma was the same dogma that led to the "Wholecaust" (of which the Holocaust was a part): 62 million killed under the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; 35 million under the Peoples' Republic of China; 21 million under the National Socialist German Workers' Party. It was so bad that Holocaust Museums could quadruple in size with Wholecaust Museums to document the entire slaughter.
Some schools in the USA are still named after Francis Bellamy. The Bellamy schools should be re-named because they send the wrong message to children and the community. It causes emotional distress to children who attend schools named after a man who popularized the Nazi salute and who helped the government institutionalize racism and segregation. I, and my supporters, will also assist in any legal means to defray the cost of re-naming Bellamy schools.
If government's schools (and the media) told the true history of the pledge, then no student would chant it. If Americans knew the truth, then the pledge would cease to exist.
Fight the flag hags and their flag fetish. Government's schools should not teach kids to verbally fellate flags each morning. It is like a brainwashed cult of the omnipotent state. For adults it is childish. Remove the pledge from the flag, remove flags from schools, remove schools from government.
Listen to audio exposing the flag and the pledge http://rexcurry.net/rexcurry4.mp3
A more detailed version of the article above is at http://rexcurry.net/pledge_lawyer.html
The historical discoveries above were made in fascinating happenstance (by accident) during legal research by Rex Curry involving litigation about the pledge.
Bill Woolsey - 3/24/2005
Ameliorating the consequences of economic disaster--the road to political popularity.
Sadly it may be true.
However, the article I read seemed to suggest that Hitler's plundering "killing machine" really did create prosperity for Germans.
I'm willing to grant that the Mongols did well from Ghengis Khan's war.
The conquest of Egypt by Rome might have helped the Romans.
I just think that the author of the article wasn't clear enough that creating safety net under Depression scared Germans was so popular that economically disasterous policies could be over-looked. Perhaps I misred.
Max Swing - 3/23/2005
well, there was rationing, of course, but the fact that it would have been worse otherwise (over-consumption)made it good again. This is the wicked kind of social thinking that was actively working in the minds of the people those days.
If you hear classical promotional slogans like: One worker, one bread, every day from our great Führer. You will come to the conclusion that he is just and cares for everyone.
This simple conditioning causes conformity and an athomsphere like in a good charming family.
It's a bit like the simpsons episode, where they get the school uniforms. They suddenly lose their brains and function according to school rules. That's the kind of functionality Hitler wanted in his people.
M.D. Fulwiler - 3/23/2005
Good comments, but it's public perception, not reality. How else to explain FDR's popularity as he prolonged the depression and needlessly got us into war?
Bill Woolsey - 3/23/2005
Failing to raise taxes on working people
hardly means that the war machine didn't reduce
the real incomes of Germans.
I am pretty skeptical that pillaging poorer
societies (like Russia) can support a high
standard of living for wealthier societies
I'm sure that killing people off is entirely
I grant that enslaving people can raise the incomes
of the slave holders.
To claim that no Germans starved during WW2 doesn't
exactly suggest that their incomes were raised.
I thought they had rationing of consumer goods, etc.
Max Swing - 3/23/2005
It is true to a certain degree. My own grandpa liked the strenght of his leadership and the social responsibilty he required from his people. He critizised the Holocaust and the war as evil and unnecessary, but the social aspect still was of his liking and distorted the picture he had about Hitler.
This was always a point of disgreement and heated debate between my father and my grandpa.
So, despite the obvious evils, like Holocaust and Total War, he still felt sympathy for the "atmosphere" in living in a noble society, created for the good of all Germans. It might seem delusive and irrational in face of all the negative and clear evidence, but they hadn't this evidence during the War and it really was of interest where you lived...
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