Subject: Will history repeat
itself? by Rochester Jim
The rise to power of the Third Reich was the result
of several factors; WWI reparations, unemployment,
Inflation, and the general frustration of the
One of the tools used was the constant feeding
of this dissatisfaction/frustration by the National Socialist Party (Nazi)
through mass communication. In fact the government
produced a low cost, subsidized radio just for the purpose of
propaganda broadcasts. (they also allowed a limited
broadcast of carefully
Radio was the latest in modern communications
in the 1920s and 30s, and soon most German households had one.
Now imagine someone listening all day to this
new “entertainment” device, and hearing nothing but support for nationalism,
the words of a would be leader on the need to
rise up, and sympathy for the plight of the people. He soon joins the National
Socialist Party to implement what he is told
will be change for the better.
Rallies are held to show dissatisfaction with
the current government, and support for a new one.
Someone burns down a major building and a minority
group is blamed. This group becomes the scapegoat for all the troubles
of the country. One group promises a better life.
(The national Socialists) This group attains power through deception and
The result was Adolf Hitler.
Fast forward 80 years; American talk radio is
filled with “Conservative” broadcasters, who when called on their political
call themselves “entertainers”. These “entertainers”
spew lies, half truths, and revised history. The new media (TV) has a whole
channel devoted to this policy. Those who might
disagree are called “Liberals” (which to the “enlightened” is a derisive
Sitting politicians are also ridiculed, and sometimes
spat upon and sent death threats. Minorities are targeted, and demands
made that they prove their citizenship and loyalty.
The validity of the current president is challenged.
Major buildings are destroyed, and this is blamed
on a minority group. This serves as an excuse for the invasion of a
non-involved country, who just happens to have
resources we covet. Suspected government involvement in the tragedy is
Rallies are held to demonstrate dissatisfaction
and lack of confidence in the government. The conservative broadcasters
visiting heroes when they show to support these
assembly s. A defeated, drop-out politician becomes the default spokesperson
for the group. Despite lack of qualification,
and little informed with facts, she becomes the face of the movement. She
lines prepared by her handlers to wild applause.
Will history repeat itself?
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