“I’m pretty well versed when it comes to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party.”

Then you would also acknowledge that the ECONOMIC conditions that permitted Hitler’s rise don’t exist in the US.

This matters. From an economic standpoint, Germany was destroyed by the post-WW1 sanctions. This created conditions where a strong and virulent “us against the world” mentality developed in Germany. Further, the leadership structure that Germans had grown up with (the German monarchy) had been ripped apart, and the post-monarchy leadership was feckless (similar to what Russia went through after the Soviet structures were destroyed). There was therefore no generational committment to the post-WW1 leadership structure nor the Weimar Constitution (it was only in place for 14 years prior to Hitler being named Chancellor); in every sense of the word, Germany was FAILING in the eyes of its people.

Then the Great Depression got added on top of all that.

Point here is that the Reichstag Fire Decree never would have been tolerated by the populace if Germany had been experiencing (a) even a mediocre economy, (b) had a centuries long committment to a rights-enshrining Constitution, and © hadn’t had substantial majorities willing to support (or at least remain silent) about rights violations.

Those conditions simply do not exist in the US. So, even if Trump = Hitler in governance philosophy (which is far from a given), the possibility of a retracement of the German past simply doesn’t support much in the way of concern.

And, as for the Times and the Post………I really don’t know how you come to this conclusion. Another condition that exists today but didn’t in German? The democratization of news. If the Times and the Post are marginalized (which is what I believe Trump will do, not through law, but simply by not giving them priority access) there are no shortage of media outlets to pick up the slack. It’s not 1960 anymore.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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