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Postby friedrich braun » 1 decade 1 year ago (Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:43 pm)

They do, however, often seek inspiration in much admired totalitarian / authoritarian judicial systems, when they want to indulge in some actions of a more esoteric nature, such as the withdrawal of academic degrees.


You need to take the historical context into account and not offer pious judgments in a vacuum. When the National Socialists came to power they inherited an economic basket case on the verge of total collapse and Bolshevik revolution. Further, Germany was surrounded by hostile nations who had just dismembered and occupied the Reich and ceded swaths of its land to Germany's enemies. So to prevent a civil war and utter chaos, Hitler outlawed the seditious communists and all that was anti-German. No apologies here either. It was going to be a momentary measure anyways.
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Postby ASMarques » 1 decade 1 year ago (Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:38 pm)

friedrich braun wrote:So to prevent a civil war and utter chaos, Hitler outlawed the seditious communists and all that was anti-German. No apologies here either. It was going to be a momentary measure anyways.


I see. They were all closet liberal democrats biding their time to reveal their true nature. :cheers:

Well, I'll agree with you up to a point: wartime characteristics are not eternal, whatever political regime we're talking about.

But it seems to me that you're the one who forgets the historical context. The "age of dictatorships" is not a vain cliché, the German phenomenon was not unique, and the ideological rifts were deep. Of course the regime would have changed with time. So did Soviet communism, but that doesn't turn Stalinism into a simple "momentary measure" to permit the transition from the Russian Civil War to the post-industrial Russia of today. You need to go much further than that to account for the nature of the Soviet regime itself, and I believe the same can be said about German National Socialism. Interesting speculations can be made, but no one can know for sure how the German regime would have evolved in peacetime, since extreme racism, militarism and the legitimacy of conquering Lebensraum were central to it.


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