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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Gesetz zur Behebung der Not von Volk und Reich

So Home Despot founder Ken Langone kinda sorta apologized for his comments about 1933 Nazi Germany.  Maybe he finally read some history:

Hitler had decided to build his dictatorship through a largely legal process. His next important step along that road was to emasculate the Reichstag by transferring its legislative authority to the Reich government. Such a fundamental change to the Weimar Constitution required a two-thirds majority, however. When, after eliminating the Communists, Hitler was still 31 votes short, he persuaded the German Center Party to approve this measure. During the Reichstag session in Berlin’s Kroll Opera House on March 23, 1933, Hitler falsely claimed that this new law was not tantamount to the abolition of the Reichstag, since he would use his new legislative authority over the next four years only in emergencies.

You want to discuss an American analog to 1933?  Try 2001 when Congress passed USA PATRIOT and an open-ended AUMF that still haunts us today.  It was also a time when dissent was loudly denounced as treason.

It's almost like talking about inequality in 2014 is not in the same ball park.

ntodd

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Well, I see one parallel, the guys backing Hitler were the Ken Langone's of that time, there and places like here, in the United States and Britain where he was very popular with Republican right wingers and with the Cliveden Set. I suspect that where he got this line, which seems to be oddly on the lips of more than one billionaire just now, is a current American Cliveden set.

Posted by: Anthony McCarthy | Mar 23, 2014 10:23:03 AM

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