excuse me everyone,
i am just a kitten and we’re only on unit 2 of world history, so i have a question:
how did herman goering know about covid?
because it seems maybe weird that he did.
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”
~ Herman Goering
The tyranny rule book doesn’t change. Only the imaginary enemy.
If I remember correctly, the Nazis first turned the populace against their Jewish neighbors by claiming they spread diseases.
So we all must be aware of what is likely coming next. I try to keep a positive outlook but every day there’s another cranking of the ratchet of authoritarianism. I do think our current regime is extremely incompetent. That doesn’t mean they can’t be accidentally successful. Soon another 4.7 Trillion worth of oopsie to weigh us all down. Looking at decades of stagnation at best. Does anyone have a white pill for me? Perhaps some catnip?
Unit 3 of World History covers trendsetters like Goering. Patience, Grasshopper.
Goering's prescription is like totalitarian Tylenol: it is effective with any sort of concocted crisis or enemy designed to terrify the Capite Censi into giving up yet more pesky liberties and justify ever-greater extractions of wealth by the ruling class.
Wars foreign and domestic, be they waged against people, plants, poverty or political violence; super-scary Existential Climate Crises™, be they descending into another ice age (1970s) or frying in an overheated world. And, of course, global "pandemics" with a 99% recovery rate.
It is all bullshit. All of it.
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
~H. L. Mencken
We appear to be on stage 5 of the 10 Stages of Genocide, as per Knightley.
“The phenomenon we have witnessed in Germany was nothing less than [an] outbreak of epidemic insanity. . . No one knew what was happening to him, least of all of the Germans, who allowed themselves to be driven to the slaughterhouse by their leading psychopaths like hypnotized sheep.”
Carl Jung, After the Catastrophe
I think one of the biggest shortcomings of historians and academics is focusing on a particular leader for the evil perpetrated by its citizens. Doesn't the fault lie with the citizens? So the analysis and studies should've been "what were the conditions in place that led to such a downward spiral of the citizenry?". Economic depression? Food insecurity? Fear of invasion? Decadence? Breakdown of social cohesion? Persistent fear/anxiety was lkely the common thread.
sadly, once the peeps get afraid they seem to lik it...... so next we will have fraidies all overwhelmed worrying about how many solar panels the slaves in china can give them.....
thank you for all of your excellent work. I feel like Im living in an insane asylum. Like watching my entire society commit suicide. This really must have been what Germany was like in 1935