May 08 2012

Economic Chaos & Strife Lead To Dictatorship

Published by at 10:01 am under All General Discussions

It is a well established fact of history that broad economic hardship leads to chaos and strife, which leads to mass/mob anger and panic – which can easily lead to brutal dictatorships and  then mass graves. Hard economic times do not have to follow this progression, but brutal regimes do arise from chaos and strife.

This is how Hitler was able to rise to power leveraging the economic pain imposed after World War I:

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power began in Germany (at least formally) in September 1919 [1] when Hitler joined the political party that was[2] known as the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (abbreviated as DAP, and later commonly referred to as the Nazi Party). This political party was formed and developed during the post-World War I era. It was anti-Marxist and was opposed to the democratic post-war government of the Weimar Republic and the Treaty of Versailles; and it advocated extreme nationalism and Pan-Germanism as well as virulent anti-Semitism.

Emphasis mine.

For all those who do not know this period well, the antisemitism was wrapped in a blanket of hate towards bankers, financiers and those with money:

Adolf Hitler’s National Socialism party rose to power in Germany during a time of economic depression. Hitler blamed Jews for Germany’s economic woes. Hitler’s book Mein Kampf (German, My Struggle) included the following passage which was representative of much of the antisemitism in Germany and Europe: “The Jewish train of thought in all this is clear. The Bolshevization of Germany – that is, the extermination of the national folkish Jewish intelligentsia to make possible the sweating of the German working class under the yoke of Jewish world finance – is conceived only as a preliminary to the further extension of this Jewish tendency of world conquest…. If our people and our state become the victim of these blood-thirsty and avaricious Jewish tyrants of nations, the whole earth will sink into the snares of this octopus.[117]

Communism is based on the same general premise – the rich are bad and only the loving (death) embrace of the government can save the masses:

A communist revolution is a proletarian revolution inspired by the ideas of Marxism that aims to replace capitalism with communism, typically with socialism as an intermediate stage. The idea that a proletarian revolution is needed is a cornerstone of Marxism; Marxists believe that the workers of the world must unite and free themselves from capitalist oppression to create a world run by and for the working class. Thus, in the Marxist view, proletarian revolutions need to happen in countries all over the world.

Communist Russia and Nazi Germany together represent the deaths of tens of millions of innocent civilians, and also tens of millions of military personnel who had to sacrifice themselves to free the world of this evil cancer. As the World War II generation begins to fade into history, we apparently have forgotten how such evil came to take control of so much of the world.

It was not all that hard for this evil to grow – once broad economic hardship became rampant in Europe.

Fast forward to modern Europe, and the parallels are very disturbing.

In France and Greece, voters have rejected “austerity”–the idea that European governments should live within their means. In Italy, too, anti-austerity candidates are currently leading in the polls. French Socialist François Hollande vows to continue running huge deficits so that he can hire more public sector workers; in a burst of stupidity, he announced that “My real enemy is the world of Finance.” I suppose there could be a surer way to impoverish your country than to declare war on the flow of capital, but I can’t think of one offhand.

One might think it obvious that no country can live beyond its means forever by borrowing money which it can’t possibly pay back. But voters in countries like Greece and France apparently think: it has worked so far, why not keep it up? Realistically, it will work until creditors–Germany, mostly–decide to pull the plug. Then there will be default, some form of bankruptcy, some degree of chaos.

Some degree of chaos?

When I hit that line I realized we may not be taking this as seriously as we should. Are the leftist measure truly meant to end economic hardship? Is it stupidity that drives the new French leader to drive faster over the economic cliff? Or is it a need for more chaos and strife?

Greece is especially disturbing in its mindset:

Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday laid out the radical agenda he hopes to pursue if he becomes prime minister, including the cancellation of international loan agreements to Greece that forced the country into sharp budget cuts.

He also called for state control of the banks as he started efforts to form a governing coalition in the wake of parliamentary elections on Sunday.

Ahh. Those evil bankers again. And will this help or hurt Greece? The obvious answer is ‘hurt’. So obvious one wonders what it takes to pretend otherwise.

The Occupy Idiocy movement here in the US is an impotent echo of the leftist European as they too keep pointing to the 1% with all the money. Sadly, you can take away all the money from that 1% and it will not have any significant impact on the financial status of the other 99%. The top 1% already pay most of the taxes, therefore footing the bill for endless big government screw ups. There is just nothing better than growing the economy and shrinking government. Nothing.

This has become crystal clear in the US after the Democrats’ socialist deficit spending and failed government stimulus spending. Those shovel ready jobs were a myth in 2009, and remain a myth today.

The world is hurting from bureaucratic failure, not successful people.

But if you look at the rhetoric of the left it has changed very little since the days of the Communists and Nazis that plagued the globe in the early 20th century. Today we don’t have the evil capitalist tagged to the Jews in Europe (which I am sure the Jews are grateful for), but Jews are still the bane of the Mideast and Muslim enclaves. Today the enemy is just bankers, not Jewish bankers.

The Jews in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia were just a convenient vehicle for the core message – hate democracy, hate capitalism, hate individual success, let a strong-arm bureaucracy determine fairness. The fact these same failed ideologies are being trotted out again on the world stage in Europe just goes to show Europeans have not yet rid themselves of the cancer that plagued them almost 100 years ago. They apparently want one more shot at totalitarian corruption.

Therefore, there is going to be another round of Capitalism (the individuals and companies)  vs Government (Fascist, Socialist, Communist – does not matter really). And as many now realize, it will come with more than a degree of chaos. Europe appears to be in for a very rough ride.

But one truth is immutable, and that is the individual spirit will win out over the bureaucracy over time. Hopefully this round we keep the destruction and pain to a minimum, and simply use economic competition to win this round. But in the end, the lazy collective will once again lose to the spirited free market.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Economic Chaos & Strife Lead To Dictatorship”

  1. patrioticduo says:

    IMHO, Greece has crossed the V1 threshold and they cannot turn back. Where are they headed? Into popular uprising and revolt that will ultimately lead into military dictatorship. Greece will destabilize and fall into military dictatorship because socialism (as seen in the early 20th century) is not viable in modern nations with technological, financial and social institutions. The irony is that socialism as practiced in Greece will revert to military dictatorship because they already ARE socialist. There is no reform program that can take them anywhere but there. Reforms in culturally socialist countries always resemble more socialism. When the country is fundamentally flat broke (ppl no longer able to feed or house themselves) then the unrest begins. The Greek unrest that we’ve seen so far is nothing compared to what the Greek’s are really capable of. When it gets that bad, then martial law follows.

  2. lurker9876 says:

    Amazing that liberals intentionally chose to ignore history. All they are interested in is power and greed with little compassion towards little people.

    I read this morning about the governor of Maine telling the lazy people to get off their couches and find jobs to make money. Last week Hannity told a OWS guy the same thing. Hannity wasn’t the first person to make such a comment. Now we’re hearing more and more people making similar comments.

    I just hope that the lazy OWS liberals do not represent the majority of the American population.

    As for Europe and Greece, the responsibility fell on the voters to put these socialists into the office. I have no sympathy for these voters that will be subject to the woes of socialism. Let Europe fall where the chips must fall to force them to learn.

    As for the Jews as bankers, go further back into history, especially during the biblical times to find out how they [forcibly] became “bankers” or collectors.

    People still do not understand that conservatism embraces capitalism. Unfortunately, the liberals try to paint capitalism as unfettered evil that does not work.

  3. dbostan says:

    May I point out to a historical fact: in communism, anti-semitism was a late addition.
    In Russia, in the early stage, bolsheviks and mensheviks were almost exclusively jewish.
    Only when the Trotzky arm of the “revolution” lost power in favour of the thuggish Stalin, the anti-semitic arose.

    The same pattern repeated in all of the Eastern European countries.

    The other point i want to make is that Obama is advocating exactly the same recipe for disaster as Francois Hollande.
    They are both communists.

  4. WWS says:

    “If our people and our state become the victim of these blood-thirsty and avaricious Jewish tyrants of nations, the whole earth will sink into the snares of this octopus.”

    Is that really Hitler? Sure sounds like Jesse Jackson!!!

  5. Redteam says:

    “Marxists believe that the workers of the world must unite and free themselves from capitalist oppression to create a world run by and for the working class. Thus, in the Marxist view, proletarian revolutions need to happen in countries all over the world.”

    This statement implies that the workers are the proletariat which, of course, by definition can’t be true.

    proletariat is the lowest class of people in a country.
    I would say that is the non-workers and welfare recipients and those on the government dole.
    Workers are certainly not the lowest class in a country. But these are traditionally used terms and since it is a proven non-working principle there is no reason to not have the very description of what they are shooting for to be as unworkable as how they define it.

    I have always wondered how a factory would be run if ‘no one’ was in charge, everyone were equal. The answer, of course, is that it wouldn’t. Why would anyone bust their butt farming land to raise food if they were going to have to give all of it away except for their fair share? They wouldn’t.
    All these people that are running the government trying to accomplish this would, of course, be out of a job if it succeeds. Everyone would have a say, not just the ‘present politicians’. The president would no longer be the leader, he would only have one vote as everyone had. The people that had to work hard to distribute all the food equally could not deliver more to their own house than to any other. Wouldn’t all that be just wunnerful?

    Socialism and Communism will not/can not work because someone has to be in charge and if someone truly believes in the objectives, they couldn’t accept any position of authority, it would have to be done by consensus only.

  6. Mike M. says:

    AJ, I’m going to disagree with you a bit.

    Hitler rose to power in part by exploiting the fear of the Communists. The Communists were selling Red Revolution…years of civil war and massacres. Compared to that, a Fascist regime looked like a palatable option.

    Which is the way I think Europe may be going. European political correctness aside, hard-line conservative parties are gaining traction. Some of which are more authoritarian than we might wish.

    It’s going to get ugly on that side of the pond.