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I'm generally cautious about historical parallels, which almost always turn out to be inaccurate. In this case, the use of Gleichschaltung is at so many removes from the historical reality of the 1930s that its only sense is rhetorical.

Well, yes but this sort of historical hyperbole is not unusual. See for example the only widely used term (that I can think of now) that originated with the Nazis: Blitzkrieg. Also perhaps Anschluss, maybe other terms too.

It's a historically literate way of saying "lightning fast and ominous political transformations" and given the 1930s economic atmosphere, it can be used warningly as well.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon Aug 29th, 2011 at 06:44:27 AM EST
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