The Storm Before The Storm

The Storm Before The Storm, by Rod Dreher.

The rising Left is bound and determined to crush or at least permanently sideline people it deems heretics — in particular, whites, males, orthodox Christians, and skeptics of the LGBT project. It does not want a pluralistic modus vivendi; it wants total domination. The establishment Left lacks the will to stop them. Its members are terrified of appearing un-woke. All a major corporation has to do to buy off the Left is declare itself in favor of Pride, and so forth. …

The establishment Right lacks the will to stop them either, for fear of being called bigots. …

Bottom line: Identity politics will dissolve the traditional bonds that have held Americans together, and re-bind forces of the Left and forces on the Right to each other.

Glenn Reynolds:

The thing is, you don’t get Hitler because of Hitler — there are always potential Hitlers out there.

You get Hitler because of Weimar, and you get Weimar because the liberals are too corrupt and incompetent to maintain a liberal polity.

Commenter Skeptic:

German burghers knew what would happen to them if the German [Communist Party] took over, as it almost did right after WWI, and threatened to do throughout the 20s.

They knew about the kulak campaign in the Soviet Union, the carnage in Hungary during its short communist takeover after WWI, and the insanity in Bavaria during a similarly short-lived seizure.

And after a decade and more of Weimar, they had zero confidence that moderates could hold the communists at bay.

So finally, many who may not have been Nazi-style racists threw in their lot with the one man who seemed to have what it takes to hold back the communists. Of course, that went very badly for all concerned.

But without fear of communist atrocities, there would have been no Hitler.

hat-tip Stephen Neil