Given that the Nazis even today have a reputation for promoting “public heath” (for Aryans) including fitness and vegetarianism–plus a history of sending drug addicts to the gas chambers–I’m sure it’ll come as no shock whatsoever to anyone to learn that there’s evidence suggesting most of the Reich, up to and including Hitler himself, were raging meth addicts.
It’s fun—a macabre sort of fun—this parlor game of “Who Goes Nazi?” And it simplifies things—asking the question in regard to specific personalities.
Kind, good, happy, gentlemanly, secure people never go Nazi. They may be the gentle philosopher whose name is in the Blue Book, or Bill from City College to whom democracy gave a chance to design airplanes—you’ll never make Nazis out of them. But the frustrated and humiliated intellectual, the rich and scared speculator, the spoiled son, the labor tyrant, the fellow who has achieved success by smelling out the wind of success—they would all go Nazi in a crisis.
Dorothy Thompson’s parlor game.
Seventy-six years later, and this 1941 article about “Who Goes Nazi?” is still depressingly relevant.
(Also to keep in mind: this article was published both a few months before the US entered World War 2, as well as before the extent of the Holocaust became known to the general public.)
a.k.a. Why Centrists Are Full of Shit.
I do have some mild quibbles with this video, such as the fact that “Islamism” can be used legitimately, including by Muslim and ex-Muslim communities, to describe militant and/or politicized factions that claim justification from Islamic texts.
Oh, and I take exception to the awful earworm I was left with at the end. Seriously, did we have to bring that back? Ugh.
Also, content warning for mentions of Nazism and uncensored Nazi imagery, as well as video of right-wing violence including the Charlottesville car attack.