Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, August 29, 2020

A most interesting and timeless (and timely?) piece of writing.


Alternate links: Google News | Twitter

Thank you, Taegan Goddard.


Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

Weak, frightened people become Nazis, by and large.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2020-08-29 09:56 AM | Reply

Lazy people who can't study and to the hard work needed to take on the system.

Guns are easy to figure out. Violence is easy to resort to.

"The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir."

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-08-29 10:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

People who think they have nothing to lose. People with racist attitudes. People who need certainty,in an uncertain world. People with anger issues who want carte blanche to be violent. Lost people,looking to belong to something bigger than themselves.

Totalitarians appeal to many different types for many different reasons.

That's why it's so hard to end these resurgent movements when the SHTF.

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-08-29 11:01 AM | Reply

When was that written?

Interesting points. At first, I thought the whole notion was silly. Then I continued to read it.

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-29 11:21 AM | Reply

Pretty obviously those who feel, and are made to feel, that they are victims, particularly victims of others they to whom they feel they are superior like minorities and immigrants, become Nazis.

In summation of the article, the author adds that the very wealthy who feel they will lose everything if they don't, become Nazis, too.

Also that good, kind, and gentle people hardly ever do.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2020-08-29 01:03 PM | Reply


Very thought provoking, and it is clear from the initial comments most posters couldn't be bothered to read it or if they did failed to comprehend who the author was talking about.

#6 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-08-29 02:01 PM | Reply

My God. I would say it's the people who need to measure your skull like this to determine who becomes a Nazi that are the Nazi's.

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-08-29 07:34 PM | Reply

" When was that written?"

According to the issue date, around the time a lot of Americans (e.g. America Firsters) thought stopping Hitler was a bad idea.

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-08-30 05:31 AM | Reply

"I think young D over there is the only born Nazi in the room. Young D is the spoiled only son of a doting mother. He has never been crossed in his life. He spends his time at the game of seeing what he can get away with. He is constantly arrested for speeding and his mother pays the fines. He has been ruthless toward two wives and his mother pays the alimony. His life is spent in sensation-seeking and theatricality. He is utterly inconsiderate of everybody. He is very good-looking, in a vacuous, cavalier way, and inordinately vain. He would certainly fancy himself in a uniform that gave him a chance to swagger and lord it over others."

Sounds familiar.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-08-31 07:26 AM | Reply

It was published in the August 1941 issue of Harper's Magazine toward the end of the second year of World War II but before the U.S. joined in. Written by journalist/commentator Dorothy Thompson.

#10 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2020-08-31 01:45 PM | Reply

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2020 World Readable

Drudge Retort