09.30.16

Dummkopf

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall, Extremism at 12:33 pm by George Smith

A friend pointed me to a new biography of Adolf Hitler, reviewed by Michiko Kakutani at the New York Times. In writing about Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich, Kakutani goes out of her way to insert Donald Trump into almost every paragraph without naming him. It’s that transparent.

Since the majority of American mainstream pundits, newspaper and web, are as lousy with history as those in the general population, there’s been a great outpour from the culture of lickspittle on how clever it is.

Factor in the hysteria over a Trump victory in November now gripping the swells. It virtually dictates a goose-step parade of crap-dumpling social media picture memes, pull-the-wings-off-flies sneering and more Hitler comparisons between now and election day.

Hitler is a book I’ve just started to read (obtained on the digital theft line — I will accept a hardback copy, too).

And it would be good to recall Trump still doesn’t have anywhere near the reputation for extreme political and street violence beating up the opposition Hitler possessed prior to being named chancellor in 1933. No failed revolt in a big city or state; no jail time in which to write a Mein Kampf.

People were intimidated, killed, disappeared, their houses and stores smashed, their belongings stolen by Hitler’s paramilitaries, the SA and the nascent SS. And Dachau was opened in 1933, a little after he was named chancellor but a year before he made himself reichsfuhrer.

I don’t say it’s necessary to read Mein Kampf but if you dig into a little of it — well, let’s say Trump couldn’t write a book like that, although he claims to have written a few bestsellers on how to use greed with skill.

Trump has no complicated ideas, other than terrible asshat ones, that vanish or change in instants. Hitler had many, well outlined, and he never wavered from them.

Relatively early in Mein Kampf, Hitler expresses his rage, in dense prose, at being poor while simultaneously cultivating a murderous contempt for “elites,” that disregard growing enormously while in Vienna as a struggling young man where fine arts college masters thought so little of his talents they wouldn’t let him take an entrance exam.

Hitler became a bitter homeless bum. But, to put it mildly, that was not the end of it.

Unlike Trump, Hitler never had any interest in money or becoming a businessman.

This essay, Hitler Comparisons Give Trump Too Much Credit, from a small newspaper, is another good way of addressing a hysteria — one practiced only by … dummkopfs [sic].

2 Comments

  1. anon said,

    September 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I am starting to believe that this whole campaign, for Trump, is just an attempt to steal away the Fox News audience to a television channel of his own. He hired pretty much all of Breitbart’s people to work his campaign and got the added “bonus” of acquiring Roger Ailes on the cheap.
    I’ve said too many times that extremist right wingers are the most dedicated consumers of nutty propaganda; the nuttier it is, the more likely they are to believe it. Most importantly, they will pay good money to keep getting more of it.

  2. George Smith said,

    October 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Part of it, I agree. On the right, every political move and movement is monetized. You’re right — they’re dedicated consumers of their own merch and myths and they aren’t afrai to part with money for it. It’s impressive as the progressive left has nothing like it, being more like a herd of cats.