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And you tell me drawing parallels with the 1930s is out of place.

But I didn't "tell you" that. I said I was wary of historical parallels, not that they were "out of place" by definition. And it wasn't a vague matter of "the 1930s", but specifically the Gleichschaltung process by which Germany became rapidly nazified, by simultaneous top-down and bottom-up movements, in 1933-4.

All you quote above from past ET threads I have read and take no issue with. Where I disagree with you is on whether Gleichschaltung constitutes an illuminating parallel.

As for those who were shocked by the neocons and Bushies, I was not among them. Concerning the current German establishment, what interests me is what interested me with the neocons: who are they, what are their similitudes and differences, what exactly do they think and where do their ideas come from, what aims do they have and what backing for them, what capacity do they have for ideological penetration... Now, in today's terms.

I'm not saying you don't concern yourself with those questions. But I suggest that, by choosing to use a shock-Godwinism with very specifically Nazi content, it is you who are making a mistake.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Aug 29th, 2011 at 11:52:08 AM EST
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