The U.S. has been moving toward a Nazi-style police state since about 1913.
- 1913: Imposition of the privately-owned "Federal" Reserve System on the United States by the capitalist cabal
- 1914: J. P. Morgan started--and profited from--World War I
- 1929: The capitalist cabal created the Great Depression
- 1941-1975: The fascist death-merchants profited from non-stop wars:
- 1941-1945: World War II
- 1950-1953: Korean War
- 1955-1975: Vietnam War
- 2003-2011: Iraq War
- 2001-2021: Afghanistan War
- The capitalist cabal adopted the practice of assassinating its enemies:
- President John F. Kennedy, 1963
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968
- Robert Kennedy, 1968
- John Lennon, 1980
- 2000: The coup-d'etat: George W. Bush stole the presidency with the assistance of the Supreme Court's and Jeb Bush's criminal actions
"The 2000 election in the United States is a historical watershed. It marks an irrevocable break with the forms and traditions of American democracy. Phrases such as 'crossing the Rubicon' are appropriate in assessing the significance of the five-to-four Supreme Court ruling that handed the election to the Republican candidate, George W. Bush. Notwithstanding the attempts of the media and the political establishment--liberal no less than conservative--to pass over the events of November and December 2000 and 'move on,' as though nothing of great significance had occurred, America has been changed in a fundamental way, and nothing will ever be the same in the United States, or, for that matter, the world." "The world historical implications of the political crisis in the United States,"
wsws.org, Feb. 6, 2001
Another nail in the coffin of democracy and justice was hammered into place with Trump stealing the 2016 presidential election through the cyberwarfare mind-manipulation of American voters, courtesy of Robert Mercer, Steve Bannon, and their company, Cambridge Analytica, 1 with Putin's Russian hackers shooting the mind-bending Facebook and Twitter dark ads into the idiot-brains of the Republican base.
- 2001: The false-flag murder of 2,996 people on September 11
- 2001: Patriot Act: "Hastily passed 45 days after 9/11 in the name of national security, the Patriot Act was the first of many changes to surveillance laws that made it easier for the government to spy on ordinary Americans by expanding the authority to monitor phone and email communications, collect bank and credit reporting records, and track the activity of innocent Americans on the Internet. While most Americans think it was created to catch terrorists, the Patriot Act actually turns regular citizens into suspects." ACLU
- 2009: Eric Holder, Obama's Attorney General creates "Too big to fail" and "Too big to jail"
- 2016: Obama passes the Hitlerian National Defense Authorization Act
- 2016: Trump steals the Presidency with the help of Russia, Big Capitalist backers, and Cambridge Analytica
With the Trump presidency, contemporary America adopted the identical police state, economic-military imperialist policies and operations that Nazi Germany did. The enactment of those policies differs only to some slight degree, but in essence are the same. The sound of Gestapo jackboots is now heard in the land of Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy.
We who live in the post-World War II period possess an immensely valuable symbol, even if we haven't understood it or used it effectively: the example of Nazi Germany.
From this example we can discern that America, beginning in 2000, has become, and could totally become, in essence the same kind of totalitarian dictatorship as Nazi Germany was:
Persons sometimes want to quibble about contemporary America being, in essence, identical to Nazi Germany, pointing out, for example, that there are at present no known extermination camps in the United States. By saying that America is now identical to Nazi Germany in essence, the author is acknowledging that not all features of the two societies are identical.
- A police state
- A militarist dictatorship
- An annihilative suzerainty
- A regime that destroys workers
- A terrorist fascist state
The reason the international capitalist cabal does not yet find it necessary to create extermination camps for "surplus population workers" is that capitalists are murdering workers worldwide rapidly enough and in sufficient numbers for the cabal's purposes: to maintain a sufficient "army of unemployed" to be able to pay the lowest possible wages and to maintain a sufficiently low number of persons on any kind of social safety net.
To illustrate the identity in essence between Nazi Germany and present-day America, we can take three examples:
- Leaders in both regimes seized dictatorial, criminal powers by using the pretext of responding to terrorist-led catastrophes to save the workers and the nation.
Hitler and his Nazi underlings blamed the communists for the burning of the Reichstag on February 27, 1933. By fanning anti-communist hysteria the Nazis and Nationalists won a bare majority of Reichstag seats in the elections of March 5. After the communists had been barred, and amid the anarchy of storm trooper murder of communists and other opponents, the Reichstag voted to give Hitler total dictatorial powers.
In precisely the same manner, the capitalist cabal under the illegal presidency of George H. W. Bush, blamed the 9/11 bombing of the twin towers on "terrorists." In 2012, Erick Holder, the Attorney General with ties to Wall Street and the Big Banksters, declared that U.S. Presidents have dictatorial powers, including the power to order the assassination of American citizens, without any due process (indictment, conviction, sentencing, etc.).
The Trump junta came into power declaring that the "Deep State" had for decades held down the poor, conservative working class. Trump's Republican base (poor, uneducated, lumpen proletarian , Spiessbiirger 2 workers) delusively see Trump as "getting back" at the "Deep State."
- The Nazi regime required the shutting down of all mainstream newspapers and radio outlets and the establishment of a propaganda bureau, to make certain that all news sources supported the regime's policy of invading foreign nations. In the twenty-first century, the predatory cabal finds that capitalist news sources (radio, TV, and Internet sites) are willing collaborators, supporting the present strategy of attacking foreign nations to bring about regime change.
The capitalist cabal doesn't need all the trappings of Nazi Germany because it has replicated Hitler's policies and tactics through different--though identical in essence--means.We now have, in America, the same kind of mindless lumpen proletariat that "loved" Hitler, brought him to power, and continued to support him even when his policies were killing them. The Republican base "loves" Trump, cheers mindlessly at his Hitler rallies, and supports his fascist policies even as these policies destroy their lives.
The United States is exactly at the same point in national degradation and downfall as the German nation when Hitler assumed absolute power and began his regime of mass murder and war crimes against the people of the world.
We've been conditioned to see Germany under Hitler as an unquestionably horrible example of dictatorial tyranny and inhuman barbarity--and to see our present American culture as completely opposite to that of Nazi Germany. And we like to think that if a tyranny such as that in Germany under the Nazi regime were present and growing in America we'd unquestionably be able to see it.
So it's a shock when we realize: most people living in Nazi Germany didn't see the tyranny! They thought it was the best time of their lives! (Just as now, unthinking Americans think Trump is making America great again.)
How could Germans living under Hitler's National Socialism not have seen what it was? How did their lack of social and personal awareness make them blind to their reality?
Milton Mayer's book, They Thought They Were Free, concerns Germans still living after World War II who had been members of the Nazi Party. Mayer came to know them and studied their lives and attitudes.
"As we know Nazism, it was a naked, total tyranny which degraded its adherents and enslaved its opponents and adherents alike; terrorism and terror in daily life, private and public; brute personal and mob injustice at every level of association . . .
"These nine ordinary Germans [who lived in Nazi Germany] knew it otherwise, and they still know it otherwise.
"An autocracy? [they say] Yes, of course . . . But a tyranny, as you Americans use the term? Nonsense."
How could Americans now possibly be living under a creeping dictatorship and not know it? And how could we not only not see a police state condition but actually think we're living in complete freedom?
Because most of us don't WANT to know what's going on. We've lost the ability to think critically about political, economic, and social dangers confronting us.
"When [modern man]
is completely infantile ... he does not need and does not have an understanding of the outer world.
It exists for him merely as gratification or denial."
Similarly, we don't see the growing fascism in America and the world because we don't want to see it and because it happens somewhat gradually, which makes it almost imperceptible to those who don't think critically. Everything in your society--Nazi Germany or twenty-first century America--seems so ordinary.
By learning from the German Nazi tragedy, we can see--in twenty-first century America--that we could easily wait too long. For example, we must look at the interesting similarity of Hitler's use of the
Reichstag Fire to seize dictatorial powers and Bush's use of the September 11 terrorist attack as his excuse to move us to a police state where the cabal can simply "declare" that a foreigner is a terrorist and that person's rights become almost non-existent.
Without any necessity of presenting evidence, the president can now brand a non-US-citizen--OR A US CITIZEN--a "terrorist" and the suspect is brought before a secret military tribunal where the rules of evidence and prisoner rights are drastically attenuated. Trump can rip children from the arms of immigrants, place the children in cages, and refuse to reunite the parents with their children.
Hitler was able to brand anyone he considered an enemy and see that that person was summarily executed. And now, the President who stole the 2016 election with assistance from Russian hackers was able to brand as "enemy of the people" any journalist
who disagreed with him.
The fact that ivy league university professors and other supposedly intelligent persons think the President's seizure of such police-state powers is okay, and that throwing immigrant children into cages is fine, and the Republicans condoning of the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol, proves that the fascist mentality is rampant in our society. I am updating this essay on the day (November 18, 2021) when a Trump-backed stone-cold killer (Kyle Rittenhouse) is deemed not guilty, when it is undeniable that he committed murder (NOT justified manslaughter).
One of the most effective ways of understanding this is to view the 1961 Academy Award-winning film, "Judgment at Nuremberg," and consider how you could, in the future, be considered as one of three classes of war criminals depicted in the film:
Abby Mann's brilliant screenplay "Judgment at Nuremberg" drives home several crucial points that we cannot afford to overlook:
Trump and all members of the current Republican Party are trying to frighten Americans by telling us that we are traitors if we criticize their actions--or those of the capitalist cabal in general. On the contrary, they are traitors to the American practice of democracy in trying to suppress honest citizens' thought and dissent. It's possible the tables may be turned, as in post-World War II Germany: the leaders who forced obedience to criminal acts may be put on trial for crimes against humanity!
"Imagine if you can a world in which truth is one general and something we will call blindness is the opposing general. These two simple factors one must choose between. There are no neutrals. We are frankly for or against and hold our positions by the force of the effort we put forth. The great struggle is not only to conquer our opposing forces, but to reclaim and form them into fighters for the truth."
Pastor Niemoller, a German clergyman under the Nazi regime, later confessed that when the Nazis attacked opposing groups such as the Communists, he was a little uneasy. But, he said, after all, he was not a communist, so he did nothing. When the Nazis began to attack the Jews he was even more uneasy, but he still did nothing. Then they attacked the Church, and because he was a clergyman he tried to do something, but it was too late.
We in the modern world are in exactly the same situation as the German people in the early days of Nazi totalitarianism. Daily, staring us in the face, is the unmistakable evidence of brutality, economic oppression, fear-ridden conformity, pleasure-deadened mindlessness, normalized outrageousness, ignorant know-it-allness, Big Lie insanity, and rising violence and insurgency.
But people totally blinded by their pursuit of pleasure or engrossed in destroying some enemy, don't see the crises in the modern world.
The general intellectual incompetence of Americans at present leads directly to a blindness to our current catastrophic situation. Without the learned ability to make decisive distinctions, people cannot discriminate between, for example, "economic downturn" and depression, or between "change of leaders through free elections" and coup d'etat through monied interests buying and selling presidents and congresspersons. Our minds are so undeveloped that we lack the capacity to discriminate between the essentials and the changing, superficial forms.
"There couldn't be a police state in the U.S.," says Joe American, "because we don't see men in uniforms with swastikas on their armbands goose-stepping down our streets! "
"We can't be losing our freedoms," says Jane American, because I didn't see anything about it in the New York Times and there was nothing about it on the evening news."
We like to delude ourselves that the 1930s German citizen was some special case. 3 But Nazism didn't arise because a few maniacs somehow got into power and did something unique to the German people's minds. Those myths have been exploded once and for all by our more recent understanding that those same tactics have been used and are being used to enslave the minds of people in many different societies.
"'Fascism' is only the organized political expression of the structure of the average man's character, a structure that is confined neither to certain races or nations nor to certain parties, but is general and international. . . 'Fascism' is the basic emotional attitude of the suppressed man of our authoritarian machine civilization and its mechanistic-mystical conception of life."
So our present "enemy" is our own conditioned lack of progressive awareness, our love of ease, our unwillingness to dispel our social and moral delusions, our headlong rush into the mindless attitude that "everything is okay."
Even though our society faces a truly alarming situation, people find ways to ignore the peril. One way to do this is to assume that such an episode as the 1930s-1940s Nazi terror could not possibly recurr in twenty-first century America. But we have a number of horrible examples of what happens TODAY to a society when its people fail to develop progressive awareness abilities, the most ghastly perhaps being that of the September 11th false flag attacks and, now, Trump's stealing of the 2016 election, the Trump-created January 6th domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol, and rapidly rising fascism throughout the un-United States.
Through self-study and change we must find out just what in us makes it possible for a new, more sophisticated "Nazism" to now be taking control, a more insidious brand of fascism, undetected because the blatant symbols and familiar catchphrases are indiscernible to our undeveloped minds.
We either learn to use
progressive awareness now, or we can passively watch while the new, disguised gas-chambers and death squads are prepared for us.
We're facing a life-or-death crisis with the cabal's attack on our constitutional rights. Trump, with the help of Putin, stole the 2016 election--and he will certainly try to do the same again in 2024.
We Americans must immediately wake up to the dangers facing us and begin:
"Say to yourselves: the little group of us here have waked up a little sooner than the rest of them, can see the danger a little clearer, are passionately convinced of the thing to be done. Then we're the ones to do it. It's only the conviction that we are the ones to do it that is going to accomplish it."
An early version of this essay was first presented in 1997.
1 While Cambridge Analytica has folded, due to the total indescretion of its executives on tape, the social media manipulation, micro-targeting, and push-polling techniques have continued with firms that have stepped in to replace Cambridge Analytica. These companies include Emerdata of London, which now occupies the same building out of which Cambridge Analytica once operated; Data Propria of San Antonio, Texas; and Awareness Analytics Partners (A2P) of Alexandria, Virginia.
2 Spiessbiirger, in German, means, very roughly, "little men gone wild"
3 Molly Harrower (1976). "Were Hitler's Henchman Mad?", Psychology Today, July, pp. 76-80. Also see the review by Richard L. Rubenstein in the same issue of Psychology Today of the book The Nuremberg Mind.