Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Books that try to explain the rise of Hitler and fascism in Germany, with a warning for us
The Thom Hartmann Program asks “What Is It Going to Take to Stop the Rise of Fascism in America?”
The Thom Hartman show on Patreon discusses the book by Milton Mayer and Richard J. Evans, “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45” from the University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Roger Lowenstein reviews “The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic”, from Henry Holt, 2018, by Benjamin Carter Hett.
But I think that Hartmann has it right. The impulse toward fascism happened so gradually nobody noticed, at least “average Joe” gentile Germans who were employed again.
But I think that there is a personal aspect to it, something the gay community sees as “body fascism”, te tip of a moral iceberg, a small personal skin cancer that becomes like a melanoma if it gets into politics, a bad scene. It has to do with shame, and getting off on it. And it has to do with not wanting to make something in someone else if we need our own use of the shame associated with it.