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  •  I think Weimar Germany is a very.... (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, yaque

    ....apt comparison.

    It explains why the Party Cadre is so eager to embrace a mindset which dooms it to perpetual minority status in a functioning democracy.

    I think there are members of the Party Cadre who are well aware of what they can accomplish, if there is a catastrophic economic collapse, with a well motivated minority that is very tightly bound together (so to speak).

    This Space For Rent

    by xynz on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 11:47:34 PM PDT

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    •  There's a scene in "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" (0+ / 0-)

      between Adolf Hitler and Anton Drexler (who was the Nazi Party leader at the time), which seems to reflect this:

      DREXLER: We have been approached by the German Socialist Party to join forces.  Our principles are similar, we can negotiate a new platform to eliminate our differences, and together both parties will be even stronger.

      Er... some of the others here disagree.

      HITLER: I see - would you like to know what I think?.

      DREXLER: Yes, of course.

      HITLER: I think you're a traitor.

      DREXLER: But Herr Hitler...

      HITLER: (Interrupting) COMPROMISE IS NOT POSSIBLE! If their members wish to quit their party and join ours that's another thing, but our principles ARE our principles and cannot be changed!

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