Monday, October 05, 2015

A Hitler They Missed

Yesterday at Social Matter, I wrote on the Hitlers that surround us. I could have tracked the history of the media comparing any political opponent to Hitler. It is like the boy who cried wolf. They use it to smear anyone not in line with their thinking, and one day a real Hitler might show up. Then they will be screwed. If the "stabbed in the back" myth was a useful tool for the German right in the 1920s/1930s, imagine what a "stabbed in the back" reality will be for any skilled, Western leader in the 2020s/2030s. Have they missed a Hitler? They have.

What are some of the things or traits known about Hitler?
1. Joined a socialist party.
2. Meteoric rise despite no real executive or administrative skills.
3. Proficient speaker, great speaker in the eyes of his crowd, meh to non-believers
4. Rather weird personal relations to the opposite gender. Romantically linked to a niece who killed herself. Kind of weird relationship with Eva Braun; fraudulent marriage at the end. She complained of no sex to Speer often.
5. Played up being single and a stand in mate for a sliver of lonely female voters.
6. Anti-gun.
7. Faggy about his diet.
8. Medical history is a mystery. His personal doctor was known to specialize in venereal diseases. Did he have Parkinsons at the end? Was the shaking and mania just due to syphilis?
9. Didn't like Jews.
10. Was everything to everybody during his rise. Altered what he pushed to the audience he spoke to, which is smart politics, but reveals the fraud of democracy.
11. Pro-violence if it served his political needs.
12. Weird family issues. Parents were both dead before he was 20.
13. Had a lot of gay mannerisms. No one was going to accuse him of being butch.
14. He had financial difficulties until he was elected into office and Mein Kampf started to sell like hot cakes.

Now if someone ticked off a bunch of those circumstances or traits, the media would have a pretty solid case to compare someone to Hitler. Comparing Assad, Putin, Orban and Trump to Hitler is rather embarrassing since the reasons they compare those figures to Hitler have very little to do with their style and more with the media's need to get an emotional response from readers to signal "enemy". All of those men are rather different, which also diminishes the constant invoking of Hitler.

Now why not use the above traits and find a different Hitler. One they missed. One that hits close to home. Let's look at the list but with notes for comparison.

1. Joined a socialist party. The Democrats.
2. Meteoric rise despite no real executive or administrative skills. Check.
3. Proficient speaker, great speaker in the eyes of his crowd, meh to non-believers. This goes without saying, reading a teleprompter is his best skill.
4. Rather weird personal relations to the opposite gender. Romantically linked to a niece who killed herself. Kind of weird relationship with Eva Braun; fraudulent marriage at the end. She complained of no sex to Speer often. Hahahahahaha, check.
5. Played up being single and a stand in mate for a sliver of lonely female voters. It was the swing state difference in 2012.
6. Anti-gun. Check.
7. Faggy about his diet. Arugula. Looks 110 lbs soaking wet.
8. Medical history is a mystery. His personal doctor was known to specialize in venereal diseases. Did he have Parkinsons at the end? Was the shaking and mania just due to syphilis? Medical records sealed.
9. Didn't like Jews. Check, recently blamed them for Iraq War.
10. Was everything to everybody during his rise. Altered what he pushed to the audience he spoke to, which is smart politics, but reveals the fraud of democracy. Takes this to nth degree in fakery "Jewish in my soul".
11. Pro-violence if it served his political needs. Burn down your city, it's okay in his book.
12. Weird family issues. Parents were both dead before he was 20. Maybe the most defining thing about his personality.
13. Had a lot of gay mannerisms. No one was going to accuse him of being butch. Check.
14. He had financial difficulties until he was elected into office and Mein Kampf started to sell like hot cakes. Family was in debt until his book sales took off due to political exposure.

For all the comparisons to Hitler, Obama really fits the bill from a zero to leader rise and the odd background. No one would make the comparison due to Obama being on the media's side. Some on the right like to make the comparison when it comes to gun grabbing and ruling by executive directives. Obama is a creature of his system as was Hitler. The German bureaucracy and state machinery was in place for him to co-opt. Obama is just a figurehead to place on top of the USG system.

They have striking differences. Does Obama have any vision? Not really. He pushes the party line. Hitler was a bit different, and his Table Talk transcripts reveal a man who thought big. They have very different personalities. Hitler was an energetic and social person, while Obama is anti-social and appears low energy. Hitler also was good at taking gambles in the '30s with many moves surprising his rivals, violating the peace accords was no small gamble. Obama is super cautious.

Comparing Obama and Hitler reveals the stupidity of invoking the Hitler smear. They are different men, just as Putin, Assad, Trump, Bush, fill in the blank non-Democrat are all different men formed out of different systems in different eras of their nations' histories. Hitler comparisons are purely meant to signal to you the reader "bad bad man, do not listen to him, hate him". The flexibility of the media's use of Hitler and the speed at which they drop that name on an opponent reveals more about them than about the subject. Their hold is so fragile that they need to use a historical villain in order to scare you away from anyone offering even the slightest bit different take on the world and policy.

3 comments:

Scott's Bluff said...

Here’s a recent theory I learned about that described Hitler’s motivations.

Hitler apparently ranked high on disgust reflex (sensitivity to disgust that is) and was high on conscientiousness (natural German industry, reliability, orderliness). Those two traits in addition to possessing creativity of some degree made a peculiar combination that mixed to create an obsession with cleanliness and willpower, and from his imagination a spellbinding concept that showed the Aryan race as a single body of virtue and purity under assault by pathogens. Those pathogens (you know who) didn’t activate a fear reflex, it was a disgust reflex. Images of Nazism, the cleansing fire displayed at rallies, Cathedral of Lights, massive groups of soldiers displaying precise arrangement, Hitler’s own health habits, all derived from the disgust reflex swinging the pendulum sharply back to the Right.

Industriousness only pays off if a society is orderly and you know your earnings are safe and you know thugs aren’t just out of sight ready to steal it all. It’s actually unproductive to be industrious in certain societies. In Weimar Germany it was practically stupid to be an industrious person.

Sensitivity to disgust is a revealing trait when thinking about the cause of industriousness (or conscientiousness) and it seems to lead a person toward certain mental traits. In a song bird dominance hierarchy the birds at the bottom die first when a disease hits the colony, naturally, and those at the top with more resources from dominance will generally remain untouched. So possibly industriousness is fueled by internal motivation to run and stay away from digusting elements in society. Is the industrious person trying to get to the top or is he trying to get away from the bottom?

Oh also there’s a VERY high correlation between regions that have a high level of disease-causing pathogens, from filth or whatever source, and authoritarian government. It’s like a .6 correlation. There’s a high correlation for famine as well.

So famine, Spanish flu, hyper-inflation, and Jewish morals probably sent Hitler’s disgust sensitivity into overdrive. War against pestilence.

Had a lot of gay mannerisms. LOL at Hitler’s “half-heil” that Seinfeld or whoever made fun of. Can’t always stab the air with a full Roman salute so you sometimes just pop a half-heil.

Hitler had a single nut so he probably felt awkward when seen naked. He also won a medal for bravery.

Kevin Michael Grace said...

A noted historian considers the Obama enigma:

“All through his life he made the strongest efforts to conceal as well as to glorify his own personality. Hardly any other prominent figure in history so covered his tracks, as far as his personal life was concerned. With a carefulness verging on pedantry, he stylized his persona. The concept he had of himself was more like a monument than like a man. From the start he endeavored to hide behind it. Rigid in expression, early conscious of his calling, at the age of thirty-five he had already withdrawn into the concentrated, frozen inapproachability of the Great Leader. In obscurity legends form; in obscurity the aura of being one of the elect can grow. But that obscurity which cloaks the early history of his life also accounted for the anxieties, the secrecy, and the curiously histrionic character of his existence....

“He regarded interest in his private life as insulting.... The statements of all those who knew him more than casually, from a friend of his youth to the members of his intimate dinner circle, stress how he liked to keep his distance and preserve his privacy. ‘Throughout his life he had an indescribable aloofness about him.’ He spent several years in a ‘home for men’; but of all the many people who met him there, few could recall him later. He moved about among them as a permanent stranger, attracting no attention. At the beginning of his political career he jealously took care that no pictures of him were published. Some have explained this obsession as the strategy of a born propagandist; it has been argued that as a man of mystery he deliberately aroused interest in himself.

“But even if this is so, his efforts at concealment did not spring entirely from the desire to introduce a note of allure into his portrait. Rather, we have here the anxieties of a constricted nature overwhelmed by a sense of its own ambiguousness. He was forever bent on muddying still further the opaque background of his origins and family.... He insisted that he was no one’s disciple. All knowledge had come to him from his own inspiration, by the grace of Providence and out of his dialogues with the Spirit. Similarly, he would be no one’s son. The picture of his parents emerges in the dimmest of outlines from the autobiographical chapters of his book...and only to the extent that it supported the legend of his life.

“His efforts to muddy the waters were favored by the fact that he came from across the border. Like many of the revolutionaries and conquerors of history, from Alexander to Napoleon to Stalin, he was a foreigner among his countrymen. There is surely a psychological link between this sense of being an outsider and the readiness to employ a whole nation as material for wild and expansive projects, even to the point of destroying the nation....

“But foreignness did not sufficiently conceal him. His feeling for order, rules, and respectability was always at variance with his rather unsavory family history, and evidently he never lost a sense of the distance between his origins and his claims on the world. His own past always stirred his anxieties.”

Oops, my mistake. The preceding is not about Obama; it's Joachim Fest on Hitler.

Camlost said...

I still find it hilarious that Obama got trounced when he tried to run against a real Mandingo, Bobby Rush, in a majority black district. He's just the Democratic liberal daydream personified in human form, without any new ideas or personality of his own. Even none other than the great Obsidian called him an "empty suit".