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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Is History Repeating Itself? How About Germany 1927-1933?

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‘Mein Kampf’
“The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan
After Adolf Hitler gained control of the government of Germany starting in the late 1920s through the early 1930s. During those years, the eventual "Furhrer" embarked on national mind control through consolidation of the German press under the control of Joseph Goebbels. A key to Hitler's control of the nation was the Goebbels's strategy Gleichschaltung  (Slide share) regarding the press.

...The newspapers had to spread the same message as everything else – Gleischaltung – the coordination of the whole of Nazi German society so that it acted and thought the same. Therefore people could only read the news as it was presented to them by the government. 
...At its peak, Goebbels supervised more than 3,600 newspapers and hundreds of magazines. He met the editors of the Berlin newspapers each morning and told them what could be printed and what could not. He kept in similar contact with editors based elsewhere in Germany using telegrams. It is almost certain that every editor knew what was in store if he broke away from the instructions set by Goebbels. All editors were expected to fully praise Hitler and senior Nazi officials. In 1937, Goebbels appointed Hans Fritzsche as his link with Germany’s newspaper editors.
As we watch and experience what seems to like daily manifestations of Trump's utter affinity for dictators (Russia, Turkey, the Philippines), is it possible we are overlooking his disdain for all media other than Fox News and various AM radio shows? Would Trump want to leade a nation with only one dedicated and loyal cable news network? The question is rhetorical; of course, he would. His apparent quest for an America patterned after Russian society seems to sit at the forefront of Trump's ideology.

Hitler and Goebbels quest for Gleichschaltung with a dedicated, loyal and narrowly focused press was facilitated by sloganeering and disparaging labeling: “L├╝genpresse” (lying press). Can you imagine any American adopting such sloganeering? 

Cleveland Ohio, Trump Rally
Why would a Trump supporter set up shop in the midst of the Cleveland audience and set up shop with a mission to promulgate what amounted to a love of Nazism and anti-media inertia? 

The answer is simple and as dangerous a threat to US democracy as GOP majorities in both houses of the US Congress.

According to the Washington Post, Hitler's communications army adopted a disparaging phrase for critics of his regime:  
"Critics of Adolf Hitler's regime were frequently referred to as members of the “L├╝genpresse apparatus.”
Wouldn't you know Trump also adopted similar phraseology early in his campaign?  Have you heard the words:
"Fake news." 
  Donald J. Trump
The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!
4:48 PM - Feb 17, 2017
Did you notice the tweet was absent mention of Fox News? 

After one year of Trump in the White House, anyone in the US with full control of his or her faculties knows Trump is a bumbling idiot (with money) or a stooge for Russia's Putin. Actually, the nation's 45th President seems afflicted with both. Thus we have little to no need to rehash or restate the daily manifestations of a president who has embarked on a leadership a bridge too far

While not necessarily media related checkout another form of propaganda aimed at smoothing a path for Donald Trump's seeming desire to be King of America.  

Do you believe for one-second a similar strategy wasn't deployed in Germany between 1927 and 1933?

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