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Wed Dec 28, 2016, 04:24 PM

What Those Who Studied Nazis Can Teach Us About The Strange Reaction To Donald Trump

While it’s important to watch the president-elect closely, we also must be mindful of our own response to him.

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The word Gleichschaltung is often translated from the German as “coordination” and refers to the process of ― politically speaking ― getting in line. It often appears in books about the Nazi era. German Jewish philologist Victor Klemperer and German journalist Joachim Fest wrote about the personal cost of coordinating in their respective memoirs. German author Sebastian Haffner and Americans including journalist William Shirer wrote about the propaganda and politics of coordination.

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While on the campaign trail in February, Trump urged followers to “knock the hell” out of protesters, promising to pay their legal bills if they were arrested and charged. That same February in Fort Worth, he promised a crowd that he would “open up our libel laws” so that news outlets can be sued for writing “false” or “purposely negative” articles. In July, he urged Russia to interfere in the election on his behalf, later saying he was joking. In September, he urged still other supporters to “monitor” polling stations. In October, he promised when victorious to throw his rival, Hillary Clinton, in jail. And just recently he advocated revoking the citizenship of Americans who burn flags.

So, in the last year, Trump has flirted with or, maybe more his style, groped and pawed at totalitarianism, yet the advice from many is to “give him a chance” ― or to coordinate.

This make sense:

We should not waste our time or imaginations trying to reconfigure Trumpism to explain why all of the “good people” supported him. It is more important to see it for what it is and resist. Hopefully, they will join us. If not, it will not be necessary to call them names, they will have named themselves.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-nazi-propaganda-coordinate_us_58583b6fe4b08debb78a7d5c

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Reply What Those Who Studied Nazis Can Teach Us About The Strange Reaction To Donald Trump (Original post)
blueseas Dec 2016 OP
InAbLuEsTaTe Dec 2016 #1
msongs Dec 2016 #2
blueseas Dec 2016 #4
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2016 #3
blueseas Dec 2016 #5
MFM008 Dec 2016 #6
AmericanActivist Dec 2016 #7

Response to blueseas (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 04:40 PM

1. The Furher-Elect is a fascist at his core... no doubt about it!

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Response to blueseas (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 04:48 PM

2. far more important than rehashing the primaries. but ignored pretty much. thanks for the post. it

reminds us that normalization is the worst thing we can do and that our institutions (media, social clubs, courts, miltary etc)
will not only NOT save us but will be the key forces leading to our destruction

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 05:17 PM

4. When I saw the post

I was reminded of what he told the crowd. The parallels are there for us to see. We must be vigil.

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Response to blueseas (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 04:49 PM

3. That's a really frightening article.

Every effort must be made to prevent the normalization of Trump.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 05:17 PM

5. Yes we must be aware

I hope DU stays strong and more read the articles here.

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Response to blueseas (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 05:27 PM

6. no getting in line for this old bat

no no no.
But now I understand the underground German resistance.

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Response to blueseas (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 05:30 PM

7. Know your enemy Knowledge is power nm

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