October 2, 2019

Learning from History – the Rise of the Nazis in the 1930s

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:36 pm by Aleksan

I have just watched a series of TV programmes on the Rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. What came across very strongly was how personalities, and rivalry, rather than genuine politics, played a part in destroying Democracy.

Strong, powerful men with a lack of moral focus and a penchant for solving problems with coercion or less subtle violence manipulated each other and played on the fears of the majority. These men seemed to fire up the less advantaged and gullible who actually admired them for being one of the Boys – bullies, seductive, corrupt and misogynist.

It took a World War to re-establish the form of representative Democracy we now have in Europe. This is very precious, and we need to hold on to it, challenge a culture of laddish superiority, and involve women in politics at the 50% level at least, for the sake of those generations alive now, and yet to come. History often repeats itself – we need to listen to History and not to feel that progress has been made and it does not apply to us.

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