Reich Wing Watch (11/1/16)
The audio in this video is from “On Point with Tom Ashbrook”. Being interviewed is historian Eric Weitz. Discussed is how Hitler rose to power and the “comeback” right-wing populism is making in Europe and in the United States in the form of Donald Trump. What economic and social conditions helped the Nazis come to power?
[Editor’s Note: Author Eric Weitz is way too dismissive of the parallels and echoes between Weimar Republic Germany and today’s America. He does an excellent job of laying out the commonalities but then steps back, assuring us that things are different now; surely, it is not so bad. I think he is full of wishful thinking and intellectually naive. Tom Ashcroft’s tone of doubt and the call-in comments from several listeners provide a more realistic frame to the history Weitz lays out. As with Hitler then, be prepared for some sudden emergency, like the Reichstag Fire of 1933 to be orchestrated to panic the population into the paws of full-out fascism. Time to know your history, to think clearly and act boldly. – Mark L. Taylor]
(Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2017. Open source and free to use with link to www.thecommonercall.org )